Right to Know Colorado Hosted a Rally at the State Capitol in Denver on August 4 to Submit Almost Double the Amount of Signatures Needed for Colorado’s GMO Labeling Bill -Initiative 48- to Qualify for the Fall Statewide Ballot.
Denver – In a rally held at the Capitol steps in Denver on August 4, the Right to Know Colorado campaign to label GMO foods delivered 167,950 signatures to the Colorado Secretary of State in support of Initiative 48, thus asserting Coloradans’ desire to know if their food has been produced with genetic engineered of GMO ingredients.
With only 85,105 signatures required, campaign supporters were confident that, by turning in almost twice the amount of signatures needed, Initiative 48 to label GMO foods sold in state would qualify for the fall election ballot.
“I see GMO labeling as a human rights issue,” said Robyn O’Brien, Colorado resident, author of
The Unhealthy Truth and founder of the Allergy Kids Foundation. “Moms and families in Colorado and across America have the right to know how their food is made. We know if orange juice comes from concentrate or if mild is pasteurized. With the passage of the Colorado bill, we can collect data on trends around the consumption of food that has been genetically engineered. This data is of enormous value and importance to our farmers, our food companies and our economy, especially in light of the surging demand for food that is free from genetically engineered ingredients.”
Featured speakers also included Alan Lewis of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage; Dave Murphy and Lisa Stokke of Food Democracy Now, a leading consumer and farmer advocacy organization; and Marcy Goetz- Than of Moms Across America. More than 150 rally supporters, including farmers, families and consumer advocates, then marched from the Capitol steps to the nearby office of the Colorado Secretary of State to officially submit the signatures in support of I-48.