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Scientists tell Congress genetically engineered food is safe

The first genetically modified food to hit the market 22 years ago was a tomato that did not win any taste tests. But it did pass the food safety test, and genetically engineered food has ever since turned out to be as safe as any other. Now in 400-page report released Tuesday, the prestigious National… Continue Reading

County With GMO Crop Ban Permits Roundup Ready Alfalfa

The Oregon county where voters in 2014 banned genetically modified crops has reached a peace agreement with growers of its largest existing genetically engineered crop. U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke Tuesday approved terms of a settlement in the lawsuit challenging the Jackson County 2014 ballot measure banning genetically modified crops. Two farm families that grow… Continue Reading

GMO Ban Off to Bumpy Start in Oregon’s Jackson County

There’s law and there’s reality in the first Oregon county with a voter-approved law to ban genetically engineered crops. The law took effect last Saturday, June 13, but Jackson County is not enforcing it yet. In reality, the ordinance could qualify as a “regulatory taking” under the U.S. Constitution, meaning that local taxpayers may have… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Keep the Libraries Open!

Opinion

The Rogue River counties of Jackson and Josephine in Oregon were for years what they called “timber counties,” running their local public services with federal money paid “in lieu” of taxes. Drastic reductions in federal timber harvests were occurring about the time the whole economy tanked. So, Jackson and Josephine counties closed all their public… Continue Reading

Voters in Two Oregon Counties Approve Measures Banning GE Crops

Voters in two Oregon counties have approved ballot measures to ban the cultivation of genetically engineered crops within their borders. On May 20, the Jackson County initiative passed with 66 percent of the vote, and the Josephine County initiative passed with 58 percent of the vote. The Jackson County measure requires “affected persons to harvest,… Continue Reading

European-Style GM Crop Destruction Strikes Oregon

Federal felony charges of economic sabotage and domestic terrorism could be brought if whoever destroyed two sugar beet fields in Jackson County, Oregon earlier this month is ever brought to justice. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investing the destruction of about 6,500 sugar beets that occurred on the nights of June 8 and… Continue Reading