Writings and observations

The U.S. House legislation banning state requirements to label genetically modified foods must be watched closely in Jackson County, Oregon – where exactly just a requirement passed a couple of years ago by voter initiative. Oregon narrowly rejected such a requirement statewide last year, but a new effort easily could be tried again in 2016 – and, if structured right, could match requirements in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine. The House legislation now goes to the Senate, where little groundwork has been laid and chances of quick passage seems less than even. If it doesn’t pass, look at this as providing more impetus for states to continue running out their own requirements.

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