Election results: G.M.O. labeling efforts faltering, soda taxes a mixed bag

by Keith Nunes
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Colorado voters rejected Proposition 105, which would have required labeling on food and beverage products made with bioengineered ingredients.


KANSAS CITY — Colorado’s Proposition 105, which would have required the labeling of food and beverage products manufactured with bioengineered ingredients, was soundly defeated Nov. 4. Oregon’s G.M.O. legislative effort, known as Measure 92, was deemed too close to call.

With 78.3% of the votes counted in Oregon as of 2 a.m. Nov. 5, the number cast against Measure 92 was greater than those for the legislation. The tally was 587,196 votes against vs. 558,616 in favor.

In Colorado the results were much starker. Proposition 105 only managed to accrue 595,528 votes for the legislation out of the 1,792,499 votes counted by press time. The results are not a final tally, because only 47 of Colorado’s 64 counties had reported results.

In California, 75% of the voters in the city of Berkeley passed Measure D that will add a 1c-an-ounce tax to sugary drinks. Voters in the city of San Francisco rejected a similar effort.
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