Farmers Speak Out on GMO Mapping Effort

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Jackson and Josephine Counties just placed bans on genetically modified crops, and now Oregon may become the first state in the country to map out GMO fields. Governor John Kitzhaber ordered the move last October, which would increase transparency among farmers in the state, helping to pinpoint the cause and location … Continue reading »

GMO Lawsuit May Be Filed Locally

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Jackson County’s recently passed GMO ban may soon be debated in court. And according to people involved in that potential lawsuit, it would be filed on behalf of a Jackson County farmer. The Oregonians for Food and Shelter, a special interest group in Salem, confirms they are considering a lawsuit, and … Continue reading »

Josephine County GMO Ban on the Fence

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Anti-GMO activists in Josephine County are in a bind after last night’s vote. Despite voters overwhelmingly approving a ban on genetically modified crops, that ban can’t be enacted. A state bill, signed into law last October, prevents local governments from banning GMO crops. While Jackson County’s ballot measure beat the cutoff date, … Continue reading »

Activists Protest GMO “Dirty Money”

MEDFORD, Ore. – A wall of dollar bills stands outside the Jackson County Elections Office. It’s part of a Tuesday morning protest, using 800 bills representing the roughly $800,000 spent to stop a genetically modified crop ban. “This is what’s coming in right now to Jackson County via these big chemical companies,” said Elise Higley, … Continue reading »

GMO Ballot Measure Draws Big Money

MEDFORD, Ore. – One house at a time, nearly 50 volunteers charge through Jackson County neighborhoods Saturday morning trying to spread the word. “We’re looking for assistance on the phone, we’re looking for assistance on the streets, we’re looking for stuff in envelopes, fliers, whatever it is,” said volunteer Mariska Pactwa. The canvassing is part … Continue reading »

GMO Free Jackson County Rally

MEDFORD, Ore. — People who want to ban Genetically Modified Crops, or GMOs, are gearing up for their campaign efforts tonight. Two different groups are teaming up to open a downtown headquarters for the cause. Shortly, supporters will file into the new campaign headquarters in the Woolworth Building in Medford. The launch party will rally … Continue reading »

Oregon Lawmakers Introduce Bill on GMOs

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 … Continue reading »

Groups Speak Out Against GMOs

MEDFORD, Ore. – One week after southern Oregon fields containing genetically modified sugar beet crops were destroyed, citizens against GMOs discussed the issue of genetically altered food in Oregon. Dozens of people attended the meeting at the Medford Library, where speakers talked about the increase of GMO plants in the Rogue Valley, and possible effects … Continue reading »

Locals Join International GMO Protest

MEDFORD, Ore. – Medford joined over 250 cities across 36 countries as part of the “March Against Monsanto.” Organizers say over 800 people marched from Vogel Plaza to Alba Park as part of the protest. They say their outrage is in response to the so-called Monsanto Protection Act, which offers legal protections to those planting … Continue reading »

GMO Crops Protected by Government

MEDFORD, Ore. — Despite protests and petitions, companies growing genetically modified crops will be protected under federal law. Recently, President Obama approved a bill that had a provision protecting companies that genetically modify food. The Monsanto Protection Act allows these companies to grow these types of crops, even without more research. A local researcher who … Continue reading »