GMO Free Oregon is a group of volunteers across the state working to pass legislation that addresses the growing concerns related to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). At the consumer level, requiring foods that contain genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such is paramount to keeping the consumer informed about what they eat and affording them the opportinity to make decisions on their own if they want to avoid GMOs in their food. At the agriculture and environment levels, passing local ordinances in areas where the farming community is concerned about the impact GMO crops have on their livelihood and health is a crucial step to preserving sustainable agriculture, organic farming, and reducing the negative impacts to the health and well being of the residents, natural communities, and ecosystems that stem from GMO farming.
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Whats new with GMO Free Oregon:
X SB 633 - Makes legislative finding and declaration that regulation of agricultural seed, flower seed and vegetable seed and products of agricultural seed, flower seed and vegetable seed be reserved to state.
X HB 3192 - Makes legislative finding and declaration that regulation of agricultural seed, flower seed and vegetable seed and products of agricultural seed, flower seed and vegetable seed be reserved to state.
SB 433 - Prohibits raising canola.
HB 2175 - Makes foods that contain or are produced using genetically engineered material subject to labeling requirements.
HB 2319 - Allows State Department of Agriculture to impose appropriate precautions and safeguards on growing of agricultural and horticultural commodities to prevent spreading of genetically engineered material to nearby property used for farming practices.
HB 2427 - Prohibits raising canola within Willamette Valley.
HB 2530 - Prohibits importation of genetically engineered fish into this state.
HB 2532 - Makes foods that contain or are produced using genetically engineered material subject to labeling requirements.
HB 2715 - Authorizes counties to establish control areas for commodities containing genetically engineered material.
HB 2736 - Exempts farmer from liability for inadvertent acquisition or use of genetically engineered plant or plant seeds.
HB 3177 - Requires signage in area where genetically engineered fish are sold, displayed for sale or offered for sale at retail for human consumption.
HB 3290 - Prohibits raising of genetically engineered alfalfa.
HB 3291 - Prohibits raising of genetically engineered alfalfa.
HB 3292 - Prohibits growing commodity containing genetically engineered material unless commodity is incapable of reproducing or material is declared incapable of damaging other commodities and, if for food, material has been declared safe for consumption.
HB 3293 - Requires person engaged in commercial production of agricultural, horticultural or other commodity to provide information upon request of possessor of neighboring property or State Department of Agriculture regarding presence of genetically engineered material in commodity.