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Oregon Lawmakers Introduce Bill on GMOs

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ASHLAND, Ore. — A bill to regulate crops and seeds statewide is now on its way to Governor Kitzhaber’s desk. If the bill is signed into law, it would prohibit counties and cities counties from regulating genetically modified crops on their own.

Jackson County is currently exempt from the bill because it has already qualified for ballot measures on the May 2014 ballot. However, if those measures fail to pass and the governor signs the bill into law, county seeds and crops will become state regulated.

This has some farmers like Chris Harvey upset. He grows GMO-free plants, and says this would be detrimental to his crop in the long run. He says the genetically modified pollen will be introduced to his plants and destroy them.

On the other hand, pro-GMO farmers are in favor of the bill, saying every county will be regulated the same and the regulation will be by experts who know what they are talking about. They hope to see the governor sign the bill into law. They also hope to see the ballot measures on the issue fail in May 2014.

The bill is now on its way to Governor Kitzhaber’s desk for approval.