Thursday, August 21, 2014
Colorado voters to take up GMO question on ballot:
"Experts estimate that 60 to 70 percent of our foods are actually GMOs already," 9NEWS medical expert Dr. John Torres said. "They're modified already, especially processed foods."
That concerns Larry Cooper with Right to Know Colorado. The group led the grassroots initiative to get the GMO issue onto the ballot.
"The bottom line is we don't know if they are safe or not," Cooper said. "What we would like to see is that the food is labeled, so we know it's in there."
Sara Froelich is with the campaign opposing Proposition 105 - a coalition that includes many in the food industry.
"This measure does not provide accurate or reliable information to consumers," said Froelich.
She said the measure provides too many exemptions, including food served in restaurants and meat and dairy that may have come from an animal that was fed GMOs. On top of that, she said it could end up costing consumers more at the grocery store.
"Which is a big deal for people on fixed incomes," Froelich said. "One in four people in Colorado struggle to put food on the table, every week."
A Cornell University study found a similar proposal could add at least $44 a year to the grocery bill for a family of four and as much $400 more if companies decide to stop using GMO's because of the rules. Still, Larry Cooper said it's about access to information.
"This is all about understanding the freedom of what's in our food," Cooper said. "And, it doesn't make sense to me that they wouldn't want us to understand what's in our food."
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