Lawsuit Filed Against Measure 15-119

PORTLAND, Ore.– Two family farms filed a lawsuit against Jackson County’s ban against genetically engineered crops. Measure 15-119 was approved by voters in May. The farms named on the complaint are Schulz Family Farms LLC, and Frink Farms including James and Marilyn Frink, and the Frink Family Trust. Under the ban, farmers have a year in order to get … Continue reading »

Scooping Out Ice Cream for Measure 92

ASHLAND, Ore.– A Ben and Jerry’s ice cream truck is on a tour through Oregon, scooping out ice cream and information about Measure 92. If passed, the “Right to Know” initiative will require food manufactures to label all food sold in the state, if they have genetically engineered ingredients. The frozen treat tour started at … Continue reading »

GMO Labeling Measure Raising Millions

SALEM, Ore. – The battle over labeling foods in Oregon containing genetically modified organisms is turning into an expensive enterprise. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, nearly $23 million has been raised by campaigns for both sides of Measure 92, with those looking to defeat the proposal out-raising proponents almost 3-to-1. The news comes … Continue reading »

Group Holds GMO Baby Formula Event

MEDFORD, Ore. — Supporters of the GMO labeling initiative are reaching out to voters after a recent consumer reports study found genetically modified ingredients in baby formula. Thursday, a small group met outside the south Medford Walmart to send out samples of three different baby formulas for testing. They say a number of foods containing … Continue reading »

Ballot Measures Deadline has Passed

SALEM, Ore. — The deadline to get initiatives on the November ballot has now passed. Voters will be asked to choose whether to grant driving privileges to people who can’t prove they’re legally in the U.S. Voters will also need to decide on an equal rights amendment. Petitions to legalize recreational marijuana and require businesses to … Continue reading »

GMO Opponents Launch Labeling Effort

MEDFORD, Ore. — After winning the battle over growing genetically modified food in Jackson County, opponents of GMOs are now turning their sights on making sure all food sold in Oregon is labeled about its GMO content. Supporters are out gathering signatures hoping to get a statewide initiative on the ballot in November. The plan … Continue reading »

Both Sides of GMO Issue Rally in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Two rallies on both sides of the GMO debate were only separated by about an hour this morning in downtown Medford. Supporters of measure 15-119, which would ban the growing of genetically modified crops in Jackson County, hit the streets across from Medford City Hall around 10:30 a.m. Supporters chanted and waved … Continue reading »

Group Pushing for GMO Labeling

SALEM, Ore. — The consumer advocacy group “Oregon Right To Know” is working to require all GMO products in the state to be labeled. Yesterday the Oregon Supreme Court certified a ballot title for the groups plan to try and get its GMO labeling initiative on the November ballot. The group released a statement saying, … Continue reading »

Review to help explain Measures this May

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 … Continue reading »

Local Seed Growers Support GMO Ban

MEDFORD, Ore.– Local seed growers are speaking out against GMOs, clearing up what they say are “factual issues” on the ballot measure to ban the crops. The Southern Oregon Seed Growers Association said they do not have a stance on the move to ban genetically modified crops. However, during a press conference, Tuesday, at Oregon … Continue reading »

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