State Representative Jeff Kropf (R-Halsey) has introduced legislation that would prohibit state or local labeling of Genetically Engineered food. Kropf is also the Chair of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
HB 2957 states: "A state or local governmental unit may not impose a labeling requirement for a food product unless the governmental unit determines: (1) That the reason for the labeling requirement is recognized and endorsed by the federal Food and Drug Administration; (2) The labeling requirement provides health and nutritional information that will benefit consumers; and (3) The labeling requirement is the most cost-effective method of educating consumers regarding the subject of the requirement." In other words, until the FDA decides that GE foods are unsafe, the state cannot take any measures to tell its own citizens what's in their food.
The fact that Kropf introduced this bill is not surprising, considering the fact that he received a total of $12,752 in campaign contributions from groups representing food and beverage, crop production, and agricultural services interests in the 2000 election cycle ( http://www.oregonfollowthemoney.org/CandTribs/2000/HOUSE/KROPF.html). This includes $2,500 from the Oregon Restaurant Association PAC; $1,300 from the Oregon Grocery Industry Association PAC, and $500 from Kraft, all of which lobbied against last year's Measure 27, which would have required labeling for all GE foods sold in Oregon.
Kropf also received a whopping 6% from the Oregon League of Conservation Voters in their 2001 Oregon House Scorecard ( http://www.olcv.org/scorecardpages_2001/2001house/01kropf.htm).
There will be a public hearing on House Bill 2957 this Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in the HR D Room at the Capitol in Salem. Please try to attend and voice your protest over this blatant attack on your consumer rights. If you can't attend, please write, call or email Jeff Kropf and let him know how you feel. Here is his contact information:
Representative Jeff Kropf
900 Court St. NE.
Salem OR 97301
The full text of the bill is above. You can also see it at: http://www.leg.state.or.us/03reg/measures/hb2900.dir/hb2957.intro.html