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UPDATE:

Oregon’s GMO Labeling initiative is now “too close to call”. The latest data has Oregon’s Measure 92 trailing by less than 850 votes, with a mandated recount now a certainty. Get the latest vote count data here: oregonvotes.gov/results/2014G/1029276478.html

Watch the stunning Fox News story about the historic shift from “no” to “too close to call” here.

The recount is expected to take place in the first half of December. While a change in outcome is far from a certainty, past evidence does show that recounts of this nature tend to favor the more “progressive / liberal” side, which in this case generally points towards the “yes” side, from a demographics standpoint. So there is still a very real chance that the “yes” side will pick up the necessary votes, out of over 1.5 million cast, to prevail in the outcome.

Original article:

GMO labeling could still win in Oregon. In fact, we appear have the votes for a win. What’s needed now is major grassroots engagement – and some last minute fundraising.

Can you help?

Ballots are still being counted, and according to the latest tally, the yes side is now about 4,500 votes behind. There are still 10,000 approved ballots to be counted, and a majority of these are from counties that support the initiative. But the other big piece of news is that there are also 13,000 contested ballots. “Contested” includes ballots people forgot to sign, or for which a signature was flagged by the computer as not being on file. We have reason to believe that many of these ballots are “yes” votes. Grassroots organizers are reaching out to help the people who submitted contested ballots to get their votes counted.

The results will be finalized on Tuesday at 5pm. So there are only a few days for what turns out to be a massive campaign, that has to be run across the entire state.

What happens in this initiative will set the tone for the GMO labeling movement, and for the political power of the food movement, on a national and even global level.

Monsanto, Dow, Pepsi and their allies may have shattered state records and inundated Oregon voters under an avalanche of lies, but we could still win. And if all the “yes” votes can be counted – we will.

If you have any ability to make a donation – the campaign will put it to IMMEDIATE use hiring the grassroots organizers to help make sure every vote is counted. Make a donation here.

If you can join in the volunteer task force on the ground in Oregon, contact Andy from the campaign at andy (at) oregonrighttoknow.org. They need people on the ground, across the state. Even if you aren’t in the state of Oregon, if you know people who are, you can call and ask them to chip in a half day or a day of time. Know any Oregon voters? They can make sure their vote was counted, here.

In California in 2012, and then in Washington in 2013, and now in Oregon in 2014, it’s been the same story.

In each case, voters have initiated ballot measures to mandate GMO labeling. At first, the measures have been overwhelmingly popular. Because, after all, most people want to know what’s in their food.

Then Monsanto, DuPont, and the junk food industry have teamed up to shatter spending records by dumping tens of millions of dollars into campaigns characterized by fabrication and deceit.

For example, in Oregon, the “no” campaign saturated the airwaves with ads claiming that Measure 92 would “cost state voters $14 million every budget cycle.” This despite the fact that Consumer Reports conducted a study on the topic and concluded that such alarmist numbers were preposterous.

Each time, tens of thousands of citizens and consumers donated money and volunteered their efforts to help pass the bills, while the only donors fighting the bills were pesticide and junk food companies. Each time, the corporations outspent the citizens by enormous margins. And, each time, despite strong grassroots support, the corporations managed to convince just enough voters that the measure was badly written, or that it was full of loopholes, or that it would be unbearably costly. And while final votes are still being counted in Oregon, it seems likely that we’ll see the same outcome as we saw in California and Washington: An initiative narrowly rejected.

In Vermont, GMO labeling law goes into effect July 2016. However, a lawsuit has been filed by food companies. Who will prevail?

Vermont will hopefully be the first state in the nation to require the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms. The right to label was hard won in a fight against biotech interests in a vote that had to be defended by a 51-page court filling by Attorney General Bill Sorrell when a lawsuit was filed by Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the Snack Foods Association (SFA)– to keep consumers in the dark about what is in their food. The GMA, NAM, IDFA and SFA don’t think Vermont has the right to demand to know if their food products contain GMO – but with the new GMO labeling rules – they’ll be hard pressed to get around labeling.

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has released its first draft of the labeling rules which big food manufacturers will be expected to follow. They include nine pages of rules which include definitions of ‘food’ and ‘genetic engineering.’ They also detail that food labels must be ‘conspicuously placed’ so that consumers can tell if what they are about to purchase contains GMOs. Food manufactures won’t be able to hide the label with backgrounds or tiny font, for example. The label will say simply:

“Produced with Genetic Engineering.”