Organic Consumers Association

OREGON: Help Put Josephine County’s GMO Crop Ban Into Action!

On Wednesday morning, the Oregon Senate will hold a hearing on a bill that, if passed, would let Josephine County’s GMO crop ban to take effect.

The bill would also help farmers in other counties protect their fields from contamination by nearby GMO crops.

TAKE ACTION: Send a message to key members of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee. Then, thank these Senators for supporting the bill:

Sen Michael Dembrow-D - 503-986-1723
Sen Floyd Prozanski-D - 503-986-1704

On Wednesday, join Our Family Farms at the State Capitol for a hearing on SB 1037. If you are able to come to the hearing, please rsvp to Elise Higley.

SB 1037, called the local GE control billl, would restore the ability of county governments to protect local farmers from the harmful effects of genetically modified crop contamination. This ability was stripped from local governments in a statewide preemtion bill that was passed in 2013.

Josephine County passed a GMO crop ban in 2014, but due to the preemption bill passed in 2013, the county’s crop ban has not been enacted. SB 1037 would provide the legislative fix needed for Josephine County to enact their GMO crop ban.

Jackson County has a similar GMO crop ban that was passed before the state preemption bill took effect. Combined, the Josephine and Jackson county GMO crop bans would create a 3300-squaremile GMO-free seed sanctuary, protecting farmers within this unique seed growing region.

Show your support for this GMO-free zone!

Send a message to key members of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee.


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