City Club Discusses GMO Labeling Pros and Cons

By Jaime Fuller

City ClubThis month’s City Club meeting is sure to be a riveting one. Due to the upcoming election in November, discussion about Measure 92 is apropos. The measure, if passed, will require labeling of food that contains 0.9 percent or greater of genetically engineered material, otherwise known as GMOs.

Steve Strauss, professor of forest biotechnology at Oregon State University, will explain the science behind genetic engineering. Economist Bill Jaeger will then go through the economic pros and cons of requiring a label on genetically modified foods.

The “Yes on 92” proponent will be Ray Seidler, who holds a PhD in microbiology and previously served as the GMO biosafety team leader for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Leading the discussion for the “No on 92” Coalition will be Colin Cochran. His credentials range from working in government to grassroots outreach in the Pacific Northwest.

Feel free to attend this controversial discussion, as it is open to the public.

The City Club meeting takes place on Monday, Oct. 13 at noon in the Les Schwab Gym at the Boys & Girls Club, 1112 NW Circle Boulevard. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and attendance is free. Lunch will be catered by the Delicias Valley Café at a cost of $10 for members and $12 for non-members. To register, send an email to with “City Club October 13” in the subject line by Oct. 10. For more information, go to