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US GMO labelling initiatives fail

Voters in the US states of Colorado and Oregon have rejected proposals to require labelling of foods derived from genetically modified crops. Voters in Colorado showed little appetite for GMO labelling on Tuesday, defeating Proposition 105 by a vote of 65.9% to 34.1%. Some 1.3 million Colorado residents voted against the initiative, while 660,000 voted in favour. The Oregon contest was far more competitive, but Measure 92  fell short by some 10,000 votes - a margin of 50.3% opposed to 49.7 in support. The loss in Oregon may prove a bigger blow to labelling advocates, who clearly focused their energy and funds on convincing voters in the northwestern state to embrace mandatory labelling.

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