By Gene Hall
There were two mandatory labeling issues for GMOs on state ballots Tuesday. Both were defeated.
In Oregon, the labeling measure was barely turned back with a 51 percent “no” vote. In Colorado, it was much more decisive with a 66 percent “no.”
In Hawaii—Maui to be exact—there was a local initiative to ban growing GMO crops altogether. It passed. As yet unexplained is the rationale, because these votes are not based on anything rational. GMO papaya is resistant to ringspot virus, and the non-GMO kind probably can’t be grown there. But hey, that’s someone else’s problem, right?
And why anyone would dislike corn that is grown with 85 percent less pesticide is a mystery. Such is the political nonsense of anti-GMO extremism.
The Maui ban is not likely to survive a court challenge. If a state issue ever passes, it likely won’t either, since there is no science behind any of them. Nothing has been proven except that ballot initiatives are a terrible way to govern.