The Southern Oregon Seed Growers Association said it does not have a stance on the move to ban genetically modified crops. However, during a press conference Tuesday at Oregon State University’s Extension Center, it presented data largely supporting the ban.
It said the agriculture giant, Syngenta, has revealed roughly 35 GMO fields in the Rogue Valley, making for a high probability of contamination with non-GMO farms.
“If you try to overlay another 35 farms, which really aren’t farms, on top of what’s already here, it’s physically impossible to keep the separation,” said association member Chuck Burr.
Syngenta spokespeople argue the number of GMO fields in the area is much lower than the association’s claims, estimating about half of their number between Jackson and Josephine counties together.
Although the press conference was held at the OSU Extension Center, the extension says it is not in any way associated with the GMO measure.