MEDFORD, Ore. — Less than a week into the Jackson County GMO ban, supporters are already preparing for a legal fight.
Campaigners with Our Family Farms Coalition say statements from an opposition group in Salem lead them to believe a lawsuit may be on the way.
Our Family Farms sent out a message to supporters on Friday mentioning, among other things, that they’re creating a legal defense fund. That fund is to counteract what they say is a potential lawsuit from Salem-based Oregonians for Food and Shelter – a contingency plan they say they hope never to have to use.
“We’re really hoping that because the vote was so overwhelmingly in support of the measure, that the opposing side will really listen and respect the voice of the people,” said Elise Higley, with Our Family Farms Coalition.
County commissioners say they’re also preparing for a lawsuit, although no attempts or threats of legal action have been made at this point.