The Oregon Right to Know YES on 92 campaign waged a seriously tough battle - ending with just 836 votes away from winning the election. Next time, there will be a victory!
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Rick North | December 17 2014 | Blue Oregon
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Although SB 633 was defeated in July thanks to the efforts of many activists and environmentalists, it is now back on the table, making it imperative that we take action against it now more than ever. SB 633 is hidden inside the PERS (Public Employees Retirement System) package, and would take away Oregon county's rights to control their local agriculture. The special session will be taking place on September 30th, which means we need to take action now! We ask that you call your local legislators today and express your concerns over SB 633.
Find your legislator here: http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/
Sign the Petition from Center for Food Safety.
Read more about it here:
-By Christian Gaston, Oregon Live. | September 18.
-Friends of Family Farmers
-NBC, Medford. | September 19.
- By Mateusz Perkowski, Capital Press | September 19.
By Niraj Chokshi, The Washington Post | September 25
-By Shannon Finnell, Eugene Weekly | September 26.
-By Dan Flynn, Food Safty News | September 26.
-By Yuxing Zheng, Oregon Live | September 26.
The legislature ended the 2013 session this afternoon without SB 633 going to the floor in the House. Again, thank you all for the emailing and phone calling you did to your legislators.Read more
Today’s news from the USDA that they are investigating non-authorized GMO wheat in Oregon is a major economic threat to Oregon wheat farmers who play a vital role in the state’s agricultural economy. Wheat is Oregon’s largest agricultural export and the crops’ main markets including Canada and Asia will not buy GMO wheat. This is exactly the type of crisis feared by GMO opponents and those who are advocating for more regulation of Monsanto.
This controversy over possible wrong doing by Monsanto comes on the heels of last Saturday’s March Against Monsanto that drew 6000 supporters in Portland. March Against Monsanto supporters say worse case scenario is that this incident would eventually threaten Oregon’s wheat export markets and the livelihoods of the state’s wheat farmers.
GMO opponents warn that cross contamination from GMO seed to non-GMO fields is likely to happen. Organic farmers are very concerned about cross pollination and their ability to continue farming organically. If this incident proves to be a contamination of the seed supply, it wont just be organic farmers hurt, but all conventional wheat farmers in the northwest.
GMO opponents in Oregon will closely monitor the situation as it unfolds and provide additional comments as more information becomes available.
Thank you everyone! The marches in Oregon were a great success. Here you'll find links to news articles covering the local events as well as to the main March Against Monsanto websites where you can find more photos, videos, and news coverage, and stay up to date on reactions and future events.Read more
Joining Jackson and Benton counties in efforts to address GMO agriculture concerns at the local county level is a wonderful group of folks from Josephine County. Check them out online: http://www.gmofreejosephinecounty.org/ for more info. Send them a message on facebook https://www.facebook.com/GmoFreeJosephineCounty and let them know you support them.
As you all likely noticed, there was no measure on the ballot here in Oregon this election for requiring labels on foods made with GMO ingredients. We had hoped to be there for sure, but we never really got a chance. During the initiative process here in Oregon, there are two opportunities for public comments and an opportunity to challenge the constitutionality of an initiative being submitted.Read more