The use of this technology has dramatically cut insecticide use. Depending on the crop, location and other crop stressors, the decreased use ranges between 30-70%. This is a very good thing for farmers and the environment.
But look how this almost miraculous approach is warped in the anti-GM or pro-labeling rhetoric:
The intent is not to inform, it is to deceive.
Bt corn is regulated by the EPA as an insecticide because it kills a kind of insect. That has potential to alter ecology and populations of specific insects. That's why it is regulated as an insecticide.
Ironically, the same people making the claim that it is regulated as an insecticide are the same people that will tell you that there is no regulation and that government agencies provide no oversight and lots of rubber stamps.
Here's the part that should bother you. Here Oregon Right to Know is actually misinforming the public. The implicit claim is that the added anti-larval protein in corn is somehow dangerous to humans, and without a label, how do you know if you are eating it?
This clear intent to deceive instead of educate should be a red flag to anyone taking interest in this campaign.
Truth be told, plants make a variety of insecticidal compounds, naturally. They are what plants use to defend themselves from insect pests. Bt is an interesting natural compound that targets a specific insect species.
As usual, biotech opponents say that we have a right to know, but then fail to teach. Worse, they generate misinformation. It is manufacturing implied risk, not speaking accurately about science and technology. That should tell you exactly how to vote-- always vote against any initiative that uses deception and fear to motivate your decision.