Some Midwest sugar beet growers have joined the Oregon Farm Bureau in making major campaign contributions to defeat a homegrown ballot measure from organic farmers to prohibit genetically modified crops in Jackson County.
Initiative 522 proposes to label genetically modified foods sold in Washington. But behind all the campaign rhetoric, researchers have raised environmental questions about genetically modified crops.
A recent panel of advocates for labeling foods that have been genetically engineered provides insights into the anti-GMO movement. Here are four of them.
Oregon. Gov. John Kitzhaber and legislators spent months trying to agree on a grand bargain in which Republicans would agree to higher taxes and Democrats would OK cuts in retirement benefits for government employees.
Backers of a Washington state ballot initiative to require labels on genetically modified foods have raised four times more cash than their opponents. Both sides’ contributions have mostly come from outside Washington state.
The strange case of genetically engineered wheat on a farm in Oregon remains as mysterious as ever. If anything, it’s grown more baffling.
Northwest farmers and seed purveyors say they go to great lengths to keep each variety of grain distinct, tracked and pure. But following the discovery of genetically modified wheat in an Oregon field, they concede that mistakes can still happen.
The European Union and Korea have said they will test U.S. shipments of wheat for genetic modification after a report that an unapproved strain of genetically modified wheat was found on an Oregon farm.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed Wednesday that an Oregon field is contaminated with a genetically modified strain of wheat. The discovery could hurt demand for Northwest wheat in Asia and Europe, where consumers are wary of genetically modified foods.
An Oregon Senate bill that would block any local measures banning genetically modified crops has been endorsed by major farm groups but denounced by some local growers.
Sugar beets containing genetically modified organisms are being grown in the Rogue Valley, much to the alarm of local organic farmers and food activists who on Monday formed "GMO-Free Jackson County" and vowed to press for a county ordinance prohibiting such crops.