Victory on GMO in Jackson and Josephine Counties, Oregon
By Consumers Union on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
Voters in Oregon’s Jackson and Josephine counties took a stand against Monsanto and the biotech industry on GMOs yesterday, passing ballot measures to prohibit the cultivation of genetically modified crops within county borders in order to protect local crops from GMO pollen creep. It is unclear at this point whether Josephine County’s law is enforceable. However, Jackson County’s law will stand and is enforceable dealing a blow to industry as consumers all over the country are watching.
This was truly a David vs Goliath battle. According to the Oregonian:
Jackson County’s Measure 15-119 has attracted more than $1.3 million to the southern Oregon county with about 206,000 residents. That includes $455,000 donated to the opposition campaign from six biotechnology and agriculture companies, including Monsanto and Syngenta.
Congratulations to the local organizers who fought so hard on this measure and to the activists who proved again that people can win over dollars.