Consumers Union is the public policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, a nonprofit organization. Consumers Union supports laws mandating labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food. Oregon Ballot Measure 92, if passed, would require GE labeling. Consumers Union engaged ECONorthwest for a review of published research on the cost of labeling foods containing genetically engineered ingredients.
Opponents of GE labeling laws cite high labeling costs from some published studies. Consumers Union and other labeling proponents cite studies that conclude labeling requirements impose low costs on consumers. Consumers Union asked ECONorthwest to help resolve the apparent disagreement by independently reviewing, comparing, and summarizing published research regarding labeling costs.