Washington may be getting a lot of buzz for its GMO labeling bill, but Oregon is also a hotbed of activity in the fight against GMOs. Citizens in Jackson County have completed their signature-gathering drive for a countywide GMO crop ban. The initiative will be on the May 2014 ballot. Citizens in four other counties are hard at work on similar county-level GMO crop bans.
But if Monsanto and the rest of the biotech industry have their way, those
local bans may be moot. Lawmakers have introduced two bills in the Oregon
legislature (SB633 and HB3192) that would take away the rights
of Oregon citizens to act at the county level to control their local food
economies. SB633 and HB3192 would make the regulation of
"seed-related" matters the sole prerogative of the state. Counties
would have no say.
The good news is that most of the GMO-related legislation introduced this year
is positive. One particularly important bill would restore needed protections
for seed and vegetable farmers in the Willamette Valley whose businesses are
vulnerable to contamination from genetically engineered canola production.
You can support the fight against GMOs by using our action alert system to send
letters to your state legislators or, if you have time, by traveling to Salem
on Monday, March 18, to attend a lobby day. Here are the details:
1. Click here to Fight for Your Right to Local Control Over GMOs!
2. Click here to Stop Canola From Ruining a $100 Million Agricultural Sector
in the Willamette Valley!
FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO LOCAL CONTROL OF GMOS!
Urgent alert from Oregonians for Farm & Food Rights:
TAKE ACTION: Stop
SB633 and HB3192, bills that would take away your community's right to ban
SB633 and HB3192 are preemptive laws designed to take away (preempt)
communities' rights to make local decisions affecting seeds, seed heritage and
SB633 and HB3192 are direct attacks on
the county ordinances initiated by concerned farmers and citizens in
and Jackson County,These new laws are meant to
stop all GMO-related citizens' initiatives in their tracks.
Laws like these do not come from the people. They come from powerful
corporations lobbying to break the knees of the citizen-driven community rights
Please share this alert with everyone
you know. People who care about food need to know how biotech corporations are
trying to take away our local rights. We need to educate and organize! Will you
Yes! I'll contact
my legislators now and tell them I oppose SB633 and HB 3192!
STOP CANOLA FROM RUINING A $100-MILLION AGRICULTURE SECTOR IN THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY!
Urgent alert from Friends
of Family Famers and Hank
Keogh of Avoca Seed Farm:
Canola is a big problem for three different agricultural industries in Oregon:
specialty vegetable seeds worth $50 million, fresh vegetables worth $30
million, and clover seeds worth $20 million.
Support SB433 and HB2427 to stop canola from ruining a $100-million agriculture
industry in the Willamette Valley!
Canola crops directly cross with seed crops, incubate and spread pests and
diseases to neighboring fresh vegetable and seed fields. They also contaminate
clover seed through physical seed mixing.
Despite concerns that growing canola in
the Willamette Valley would ruin a $100-million sector of the region's
agriculture industry, on Feb. 7, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA)
decided to allow canola to be grown in the valley for the first time. The new
rule puts vegetable seed and fresh market vegetable growers, who must maintain
the utmost seed purity, at risk. Unless the ODA has a plan to control things
like wind, bees, birds, rain, bumps in the road, and herbicide-resistant
’superweeds,’ our farms and local food supplies are at risk.
SB433 and HB2427 would reverse ODA's
reckless decision to open the floodgates to canola growing in the Willamette
Valley. Will you lend your support by writing your legislators today?
Yes! I'll contact
my legislators now and tell them to support SB433 and HB2427!
MARCH 18 LOBBY DAY AT THE STATE CAPITOL!
Invitation from Friends
of Family Farmers:
today to come to the State Capitol in
Salem on Monday, March 18, to educate your legislators about the importance
of local agriculture and the need for policies that support our farmers and
ranchers in creating and sustaining the kind of food system we would like to
see in Oregon.
Join Friends of Family Farmers and our partner organizations for this fun day
at the State Capitol and bring your voice to the small farm and local food
issues that are important to all Oregonians - urban and rural, producers and
Let's demonstrate the strength, vibrancy and contributions of our farm and food
community to Oregon's economy!
Yes! I'll be in Salem for Family Farmer &
Rancher Day on March 18!