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 »

Preparing for GMO Lawsuit

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 … 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 Initiative Opens Second Office

ASHLAND, Ore. — In an effort to spread their message further, the GMO-free initiative is opening up a 2nd election office in Ashland. The new location is just off Highway 99. This comes after opening up their headquarters in downtown Medford last week.  Officials with Our Family Farm Coalition said these offices give people places … Continue reading »

Anti-GMO Campaign Kicks Off

MEDFORD, Ore. — A couple months before Jackson County voters will decide whether to ban GMO’s, one group is kicking off its campaign to support the ban. The group, “Our Family Farms Coalition” is holding a launch party. They say they’re trying to rally volunteers and layout strategies ahead of the May election. The measure … Continue reading »