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 it does not have a stance on the move to ban genetically modified crops. However, during a press conference Tuesday at … Continue reading »

GMO Ballot Measure Draws Big Money

MEDFORD, Ore. – One house at a time, nearly 50 volunteers charged 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 »

Josephine County GMO Legalities

NEAR APPLEGATE, Ore. — The measure to ban genetically modified crops in Josephine County could be in for a bumpy ride if it gets passed in May. Even though it is legal to put the measure on the ballot, under state law it’s illegal to ban GMOs in any Oregon county except for Jackson. Whistling … Continue reading »

City Club Debates GMOs

EUGENE, Ore. –Earlier this year the Oregon legislature passed a bill preventing counties from regulating genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Many local farmers said this will eliminate organic farming because seeds are often carried by birds and bees to other farms, so stopping the spread of seeds will be nearly impossible. But those in support … Continue reading »

GMO Wheat Found in Oregon Field

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The discovery of a genetically modified strain of wheat is affecting international trade and Oregon’s half a billion dollar wheat industry. Japan suspended some imports of U.S. wheat Thursday after a farmer found the GMO crop in his eastern Oregon field. The USDA is now investigating. OSU Professor and wheat geneticist Bob … Continue reading »