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Despite Biotech Spending Millions, Oregon GMO Labeling Measure Heads for Recount

•, by Mike Barrett

With a voting split like no other, Oregon's GMO labeling Measure 92 was only thousands of votes away from passing on November 10th. Now, despite Big Food and Biotech spending millions to defeat the measure, the final tally showed that the effort was defeated by only 0.06 percentage point, less than the threshold needed to trigger a recount.

The measure would mandate that come January 2016, certain foods that were produced with or contain genetically modified foods (GMOs) would be labeled as such.

Oregon's GMO labeling Measure 92 was originally reported defeated thanks to Monsanto's onslaught of more than $22 million dollars in negative ads. But as we soon figured out, it wasn't quite over. Now it is down by just 812 votes — which means there will be an automatic recount.

The Oregonian reports that the recount will take place by December 12.

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