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GMO debate is at 6 p.m. today at OMSI

Two sides will discuss pros and cons of Measure 92's labeling requirements

A proponent and opponent of Ballot Measure 92 will debate this evening whether Oregon should require labeling for genetically modified organisms.

The forum, sponsored by two Oregon media groups, is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the auditorium at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 S.E. Water Ave. The auditorium has a capacity of 300 people, and seating will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

The event is free and open to all.

OMSI is teaming up with the Pamplin Media Group and the EO Media Group, which together represent 35 newspapers in Oregon, to provide this forum. Representatives of the two sides in the GMO labeling debate will answer questions from a panel of journalists during the 90-minute forum. Audience members also will be able to submit written questions.

Representing the Yes on Measure 92 campaign will be Dave Rosenfeld, who is the executive director of Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG), an independent, member-supported, nonpartisan consumer group.

Representing the No on Measure 92 campaign will be Dana Bieber, who is a spokesperson for the coalition of groups opposing Measure 92.

They will answer questions from three journalists: Peter Wong, who is the capital bureau reporter for Pamplin Media Group; Eric Mortenson, a reporter for the Capital Press newspaper; and Carl Sampson, who is managing editor of the Capital Press.

“The intent is to shed greater light on the GMO issue, which has been an emotional discussion this fall, but also raises important scientific and technical concerns,” says Mark Garber, president of Pamplin Media Group’s newspaper division. “OMSI is the perfect venue for such a conversation, and we hope people will come away from this event with the information they need to make an informed voting decision.”

Measure 92, which would require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods, appears on the Nov. 4 ballot. Voters began receiving their ballots in the mail around Oct. 17.