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Center for Food Safety

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November 5, 2002
Joseph Mendelson, 202-547-9359

Matt Rand, 202-887-8841

New National Poll:
88% of US Consumers Want Labels on Genetically Engineered Food
But Biotech Industry Waged Largest PR Campaign in Oregon History

Oregon < A new national poll released today indicates that 88.5% of U.S.
consumers support mandatory labels on genetically engineered (GE) food. The
poll comes one day before Oregon's hotly-contested referendum on GE food
labeling is decided. The campaign season has been characterized by an
unprecedented multi-million-dollar PR blitz by the biotechnology industry.

"Whatever the outcome of Measure 27, this poll gives a clear indication of
the American sentiment towards genetically engineered food," said Joseph
Mendelson, Legal Director for the Center for Food Safety.

The polling released today was performed by American Viewpoint polling
service, headed by Republican pollster Linda DiVall and was commissioned
by the Center for Food Safety. It shows broad, nationwide support for
mandatory labels and pre-market safety testing for genetically engineered
foods.

The biotechnology industry has raised over $5 million dollars < almost
completely from out-of-state and even out-of-country sources < to wage the
"No on Measure 27" campaign in Oregon, making it the largest financial
public relations campaign on a state ballot initiative in Oregon's history.

The "No on Measure 27" campaign has repeatedly claimed that the proposal
would cost the average Oregon family $550 each year. However, a recent
independent study at Oregon State University estimated costs of only $4-$10
per person ($16-$40 per four-person family) per year.

"The question now is if $5 million of biotechnology spin in one month is
able to undercut the facts," said Mel Bankoff, member of the Executive Team
of the "Yes on 27" campaign. "But the issue is still very much alive ­
nationwide, the public just isn't buying. This is not the end, only the
beginning of the debate in both Oregon and nationwide"

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Polling information can be found at: www.centerforfoodsafety.org

More information on the PR campaign can be found at
http://www.odwyerpr.com/archived_stories_2002/september/0930gen.htm

The Center for Food Safety provides leadership in legal, scientific, and
grassroots efforts to address the increasing concerns about the impacts of
our food production system on human health, animal welfare, and the
environment. Center for Food Safety is also a member of the GEFoodAlert
coalition, a coalition of health, consumer and environmental groups that
supports the removal of genetically engineered ingredients from grocery
store shelves unless they are adequately safety tested and labeled.

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