Review to help explain Measures this May

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MEDFORD, Ore.– This May, Southern Oregon will be asked to decide between several measures and candidates in the 2014 primary election.

According to the organization, Healthy Democracy, one out of every four Oregonians say ballot measures are hard to understand. They say this can be discouraging, and often a vote is uncast.

This may be true for many when it comes to measure 15-119, an initiative to try to ban genetically modified crops from Jackson County. In order to give voters confidence and knowledge to make an informed decision, Healthy Democracy was brought to Southern Oregon to organize a citizens review of the measure.

For three and a half days, randomly selected residents met to sort through information about the measure, and hear arguments from both sides. Invitations were initially sent to 5,000 random citizens. 20 panelists were chosen from a completed survey that matched the demographics of the region.

At the end of review, the panel presented their findings from both sides. To view that presentation you can head to healthydemocracy.com. Organizers say an insert will also be found inside the Jackson County ballots.


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  1. Harry says:

    Not sure why anyone thinks this is difficult to understand. GMOs are banned in Europe, and anyone with a lick of sense can discover just what a Frankenfood nightmare these lab-created organisms are with a bit of easy research. It has been proven that GMO crops require more toxic pesticides and herbicides. Do you really want that on your food and in your water and soil?

    In countries where GMOs were first initiated, farmers saw an increase in herbicide use, in addition to less yield and ultimately crop failure. Smart farmers quickly pulled out of any GMO program. Monsanto and other chemical companies of their ilk make these herbicides and pesticides needed to be used increasingly on GMO crops, in addition to the GMO seeds themselves. Follow the money – figure it out.

    Ever wonder why so many people have digestive problems, kids with ADD and other ailments never seen in previous generations? Thank GMOs for your deteriorating health.

    GMOs were created by huge chemical companies to increase their profits, not to benefit humanity. Their propaganda machine is working overtime to convince you otherwise. Don’t believe the fear porn.

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