By Robyn O'Brien
Debate Time Code List
0:52 Why is 105 important? Why are we here today?
1:01 105 gives families, farmers, food companies and ranchers information about our food today
1:48 Info not reliable, exempt 2/3 food in state (indefensible special exemptions)
2:34 Why are foods exempt?
2:41 Dana is from Seattle, CO state law requires one issue at a time, first step to label more items, speculation food prices to increase, other countries have labeling with food price increasing
3:13 What would be labeled when 105 passes?
3:23 State law prohibits us from labeling everything
3:39 Dairy and meat? Vegetables and fruit? Cereal?
4:13 Different areas of the grocery store is regulated under different government agencies
4:30 BT Corn - regulated by EPA as pesticide or corn grown in CO for centuries
5:09 Animals fed or injected with GMO medications don't have to be labeled, misleads consumers
6:08 Should GMO Labeling be a state issue?
6:27 Other states do have GMO labeling and communities in other states will be voting on this issue. Federal gov has been weak. United Nations, World Health Organization (http://www.codexalimentarius.org/) and American Medical Association support mandatory safety testing.
GMOs should be safety tested before they hit the market says AMA (Chicago Tribune - June 19, 2012)
7:33 Seat belt laws - started in New York City 1984
8:02 CO families know that the landscape of food has changed and they know the health of their families have changed and they simply want to make an informed choice.
8:55 Two national standards: organic, Non-GMO Label
9:39 What labeling standards are in place in Colorado?
9:47 What kind of labeling does a Colorado family need to protect their health?
10:00 American companies are providing this information to counties over seas and hiding it here in the US.
10:43 As states nationwide make some noise, change will happen and that is what democracy is all about.
10:58 GM share holders meeting CEO said he supports mandatory GMO labeling. It is a shift in his position. Chipotle share prices have taken off.
12:00 If I go to the organic section, I'm I getting Non-GMO food? Yes
12:30 Right. You have no way of knowing
12:53 GMO eggs, chickens fed GMO grains, special exemption, cheese
13:16 Colorado state law - one issue at a time
13:42 Chewing gum needs a label, breath mints need a label, beer no label, non-alcoholic beer label
14:15 No way of knowing if food products contain GMO ingredients
14:22 CO farmers growing corn for five generations now there is corn regulated by EPA
14:40 The labeling will allow for the collection of data that is valuable to our farmers
15:03 Assumption: Issue not about labeling....GMO foods. Supporters are left side of political equation. How are we going to feed the growing world population "without biotech"? Eric Sondernann
15:39 Robyn - Grew up republican, let free market decide.
15:53 Speculation - w/o biotech we could not feed the world. According to USDA, UN, 30-40% of food produced never reaches a human mouth, 64 counties label GMOs,
17:01 Let's talk about the exports, exporting to states, CO food producers MUST ad GMO label to products shipped to Wyoming and has to try and compete with products w/o label in the state
17:41 BT is used by organic farmers
18:01 Organic Question, trend that GMOs are harmful, GMO turnips. Why is it that the labeling is not reversed?
18:46 It is a fundamental right to know what you are going to feed your family. Worked with families on food stamps. Organic is expensive. You can't wash off a pesticide that has been added into the DNA of our food.
19:28 Reverse label, little kids and sugar not a good combination, granola bars could have a special exemption.
20:20 Where is the support coming from in this campaign? Newspaper endorsements, organizations...
20:37 Broad coalition of folks support the No side. Zero tolerance written into 105.
21:42 Newspaper endorsements? Such as? Democratic party, http://www.righttoknowcolorado.org/endorsements
22:21 I'm a Colorado mother of four.
22:42 If 105 passes, are you fearful the initiative could be changed by the state legislature?
23:02 This is an opportunity for Colorado families to engage in democracy. It is the beginning of a conversation. It is a reasonable first start for a state law that only allows a state issue.
23:42 Voters are voting on what is....not what could be. Chewing gum not labeled
24:19 Robyn's closing statement
25:28 Dana's closing statement