Big Spending on Measure 92

Camden Wulf

$27 million: that was the total amount of money spent on Measure 92. Not only did Measure 92 attract the most currency but was also a close race with 49.53% voting for and 50.47% voting against.

Unlike Measure 91, which lifted the prohibition on cannabis in Oregon, Measure 92 does not seem to have had the same polarizing effect.

“I don’t have any strong feelings but I am a fan of consumer rights so I voted yes,” said sociology teacher Neil Barker. “It’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Most consider that Measure 92 would be a mostly benign change because although consumers have the right to know what they are eating, there is little evidence that points toward harmful consequences in eating genetically modified foods.

However, the large amount of money spent by big agricultural companies to prevent labeling GMO foods may bring doubts about their safety to mind. For example, during this election season pro-GMO companies spent $37 million on campaigning in Colorado and Oregon, $20 million of this in Oregon.

“I voted yes but with reservations” said Chenne Fox. “If Measure 92 had passed, Oregon would have been on a different system than the rest of the United States.”

Though this may be burdensome for Oregon to enforce the regulation it is unlikely that any changes in the U.S. labeling system would come from the federal level.

Students also had feelings about the measure, too.

“General Mills makes a lot of cereal, and I eat a lot of cereal, and I want to know what’s in my cereal,” said senior Nick Parker. Although most LHS students can’t vote, this does not stop them from having opinions about GMOs or Measure 92.