Good News in the battle against GMOs



by Catherine Haug, July 20, 2014 (Image, right,used with permission from the OCA)

You may be aware that Oregon is the next state to attempt to mandate labeling of GMOs, and just as in California and Washington, Big Ag and the GMA (Grocery Manufacturers Association) are pulling out all stops to defeat the ballot measure.

What you may not know is that other measures to limit GMO crops are faring better. Recently, voters in Jackson County, Oregon – led by local farmers – voted overwhelmingly to ban GE crops because they can contaminate other farmers’ crops. This success despite the big chemical companies like Monsanto having spent millions to defeat this county measure.

There’s more than one way to skin a cat (don’t let my cat Charlie hear me type that….), and this is a great example of how grassroots efforts can pay off.

It’s important in another way too: One of the claims made by Monsanto, et. al., say that labeling genetically engineered products will hurt Oregon farmers. This vote in one of Oregon’s agricultural counties proves this claim false. Non-GMO crops are worth more as exports as well as when sold in the US.

>> If you support the effort to label GMOs in Oregon, you can sign a petition by Friends of the Earth (FOE):

We Have The Right To Know What’s In Our Food

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