Tag Archives: GMO

Good neighbor farming is better than GMO ban

We read with interest the Legislative Outtakes column in the Sunday paper by our colleagues, Sen. Alan Bates and Rep. Peter Buckley. The headline proclaimed “Legislators team up to fight for farmers.” We’re not sure most Rogue Valley farmers would agree Sen. Bates and Rep. Buckley are on their side in the debate about SB [...]

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Legislators team up to fight for farmers

Last year, local farmers and supporters of organic food raised alarms about the effects of genetically modified organism (GMO) crops and collected thousands of signatures to refer a local ban on GMO crops to voters. Their ballot measure would protect Southern Oregon from GMO crops that threaten a growing organic farming industry and our way [...]

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Regulation of GMO crops should be done by state

There has been tremendous concern over Senate Bill 633, which we have been considering in the Rural Communities and Economic Development Committee. Considering that there has been some confusion about what the bill is and is not, I hope that I can help shed some light on it. Senate Bill 633, if adopted, would make [...]

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Jackson County needs local control over genetically modified crops

For years, one of the Rogue Valley’s most important and valuable economic sectors has been agriculture. As a former hay farmer myself, I know that farming is a local tradition, an economic driver, and a huge part of our way of life. Businesses like organic food processor Amy’s Kitchen have brought hundreds of jobs to [...]

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