With terms such as “natural,” “organic” or “locally grown” sprouting on food packaging at the grocery store like weeds in an abandoned field, it’s more difficult than it used to be to know what we’re putting in our mouths.
But we’ve got some concerns about a proposed ballot question we may see this election that would require “GMO” labels for all foods sold in Colorado containing genetically modified organisms.
GMOs — such as crops genetically engineered to use less water, reduce the use of chemicals and increase production — have become more common in the U.S., with fewer farmers today covering more ground. Some ag experts consider these crops a key to meeting the world’s rising demand for food.
A group called Right to Know has gathered at least 75,000 signatures, nearing the 86,105 signatures needed by the Aug. 4 deadline to get the labeling measure on the ballot in November.
A number of farmers and ranchers contend the measure would only contribute to the ongoing state-by-state patchwork of food-labeling and food-safety rules that add to confusion for consumers and cause disruptions for producers who market food to multiple states.