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GMO debate is Wednesday evening at OMSI

Does Ballot Measure 92 give consumers basic information they need

about genetically modified organisms, or is it a fundamental threat to Oregon agriculture?

A forum sponsored by two Oregon newspaper groups will explore that question at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the auditorium at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

OMSI is at 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 on Measure 92. 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.

“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 will begin receiving their ballots in the mail around Oct. 17.

For more information about the forum, send an email to Garber at mgarber@portlandtribune.com.

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