GMO labeling initiative moves a step closer to Oregon ballot

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By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND Ore.  (Reuters) - An initiative requiring mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods in Oregon moved one step closer to the November ballot on Wednesday after advocates said they submitted more than enough qualifying signatures to the state.  New Approach Oregon officials say they submitted more than 155,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's Office in Salem, far exceeding the required 87,213 needed by July 3 to qualify for the ballot. The state, which must validate the signatures, has until Aug. 2 to determine if it will qualify.  'I don't anticipate that it will take that long,' said Tony Green, spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office. Advocates of labeling say consumers deserve to know if the food they eat contains GMOs, or genetically modified organisms. Many consumer groups question both the safety and the environmental impacts of genetically modified foods.

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