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Public Policy

GMO Crops May Be Grounded In Oregon, While GMO Labeling May Be Stripped Off In Vermont

By: Stefanie Jill Fogel, Mary B. Langowski, and Tiffani V. Williams

Congressman expects state measure against GMO crops will pass. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) has predicted that Oregon will approve a statewide ban on the cultivation of GMO crops. The measure has been officially placed on the November ballot. He based his assessment on the recent passage of similar measures in two Oregon counties that he says tilt strongly to the conservative side. Supporters of the measure say the food and biotech industries will spend heavily on a campaign to defeat the prohibition as they did regarding similar measures recently up for a vote in California and Washington State.

Groups look to intervene in GMO lawsuit in Vermont. The Center for Food Safety and the Vermont Public Interest Research Group have requested to join the state in defending its recently passed GMO labeling law, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers]. In their motion to intervene, the groups assert their direct involvement in the passage of the law and the concern that the state may not have the necessary resources to properly defend the lawsuit. Last month, the Grocery Manufacturers Association filed suit against Vermont, challenging the state’s authority to regulate interstate commerce by requiring labeling.

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