Exclusive SilverDoctors.com Alert By Eric Dubin
Last month we wrote how Monsanto had an unknown US Congress representative attempt to hide legislation designed to crush consumer interests. The legislation was hidden within a Continuing Resolution Spending Bill and signed by President Obama with virtually no mainstream media discussion.
The GMO industry is at it again, and very few people outside of Oregon realize GMO interests are working to — in effect — kill organic farming in Oregon. Oregon Senate Bill 633 is scheduled for a committee vote in the Oregon Senate Thursday, April 11. It will then move to the Senate floor and might become law very soon. What happens in Oregon will serve as a model for other states.
To learn more, GMO Free Oregon operates a petition page that outlines the argument and let’s visitors sign-on to a petition. Contact information for calling and writing the State capital, as well as contact information for local representatives for Oregon residents can be found by clicking here. Calls and personal letters will have more impact over online petitions.
SB 633 is designed to shut down the voices of Oregon residents working to have their county representatives protect organic farming at the county level. In Southern Oregon, Jackson County residents will vote on a county-wide GMO ban in 2014. Fearful other counties would enact similar bans, corporate agricultural interests and the GMO industry have united in support of SB 633.
On the surface, SB 633 seems reasonable enough. It calls for any GMO ban on Oregon soil to only be enacted at the state level, with an exception written for Jackson County since their initiative petition for the 2014 election had already been approved. GMO interests seek to shut-down the political representative process exactly where average people happen to have the most power — at the county level.
Supporters argue that a patch quilt of different regulations across multiple counties would prove burdensome to industry and some farmers. Certainly, the challenge of compliance would become more complicated. But supporters claims are greatly exaggerated. The agriculture and food production and packaging industries operate with relative ease when navigating county-specific bans in states like California. Product differentiation is just a normal part of any industry intent on serving a wide variety of consumer interests.
Small and mid-sized organic farmers don’t enjoy similar flexibility. Wind and insects disperse GMO-tainted pollen far and wide. Any cross-pollination with organic crops would, by definition, strip the farmer’s ability to market his or her produce as organic. Organic certification and labeling requires produce to be non-GMO. In addition, the very food consumers seek to avoid when buying organic produce would, over time, take on the characteristics of GMO varieties.
Interest in small and mid-sized organic farming is skyrocketing across the United States — along with consumers seeking out farmers markets and other shopping alternatives. Oregon is among the states at the heart of this movement and Oregon’s produce finds its way to dinner tables across America. Food industry companies like Amy’s Kitchen have moved to the state because Oregon has large enough local organic production to support operations like Amy’s Kitchen.
Debate about GMOs is on the rise. Having control over what we put in our bodies is the last thing Monsanto has in mind. Get involved.