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:
"Inclusion of GMO crop policy in PERS, tax negotiations riles some Democrats"
-By Christian Gaston, Oregon Live. | September 18.
"Legislature/Governor Sneak Pro-GE Bill into pension/tax package"
-Friends of Family Farmers
"GMO's To Be Discussed At Oregon Special Session" -Video
-NBC, Medford. | September 19.
"GM regulation bill part of special session deal"
- By Mateusz Perkowski, Capital Press | September 19.
"In Oregon, local government powers could go on trial this Monday"
By Niraj Chokshi, The Washington Post | September 25
GM regulation bill part of special session deal
GM regulation bill part of special session deal
"Local Food Rights Under Threat"
-By Shannon Finnell, Eugene Weekly | September 26.
"Oregon Seed Policy Dispute Sprouts Up on Special Session Agenda"
-By Dan Flynn, Food Safty News | September 26.
"Live blog: Oregonians testify about proposed PERS cuts, taxes, GMO bill (2013 special session)"
-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.
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.
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.
Kelly has been an instrumental volunteer in our organization here at GMO Free Oregon and we are proud to endorse her in her efforts to run for an elected position on the Board of Director for the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District. The EMSWCD focuses on clean water and healthy soil, two topics intertwined deeply in tha balance of pesticide/herbicide use. If you weren't aware, GMO crops have all been engineered to tolerate heavy spraying of, or even produce their own, pesticides and/or herbicides. As a result, the cultivation of GMO crops are now making it exceedingly difficult to maintain and protect clean water and healthy soil.
Having someone as knowledgeable, caring, and devoted as Kelly is to these topics serving on the board would undoubtably be a boon to EMSWCD and we encourage everyone in that are of Oregon to get out and vote for her.
You can read more about the EMSWCD here: http://www.emswcd.org/about-emswcd
and read more about Kelly here: http://www.gmofreeoregon.org/kelly_caldwell
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Our event this week on May 3rd served as our official launch of the labeling campaign. Press release went out on Wednesday...
Grassroots group GMO Free Oregon has launched its campaign to put an initiative on the ballot this November that would require food containing genetically engineered ingredients to be clearly labeled as such. The group will need to collect the signatures of 100,000 registered Oregon voters to get the initiative placed on the ballot this November.
Read the full press release
We are now working hard on planning the signature gathering efforts that will take place this June. We need your help! If you'd be willing to gather signatures at your local farmers market, or gather at your church, volunteer and let us know so we can make sure you get the petitions and info.
Thursday May 3rd will mark the official launch of our statewide labeling initiative campaign. Come out for an important fundraising and knowledge-building event! We will be screening the groundbreaking film "the Future of Food" and will have a special international guest! It's a great opportunity to learn about the intiative and why it's important.
Look here for more info on the event.
You can find out more about the labeling initiative here.