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Articles tagged GMO

Aug. 25, 2014, 1:25 p.m.

Citizen Review Panel Split On Measure 92

If the vote by a Citizens’ Initiative Review panel is any indication, the arguments will be robust for and against a proposed requirement for labeling of GMO foods.

July 11, 2014, 6:13 p.m.

EarthFix Survey Tracks Northwest Residents' Opinions on Environmental Issues

A new EarthFix poll takes a look at what Northwest residents from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho think about environmental issues.

June 4, 2014, 10:16 a.m.

GMO Ban Could Snare Conventionally Bred Crops

An ordinance that prohibits biotech crops in Oregon's Jackson County is vague enough to encompass some conventionally bred crops, according to ban opponents.

May 21, 2014, 8:09 a.m.

GMO Bans Win Big in Jackson, Josephine Counties

The proponents of measures to ban the cultivation of genetically-modified crops in Jackson and Josephine counties have pulled off solid wins.

May 15, 2014, 12:44 p.m.

Groups Aim To Put GMO Food Labeling Measure On The Ballot In Oregon

Undeterred by the failure of GMO labeling measures in Washington and California, advocate groups have launched a campaign to put a similar statewide measure on the November ballot in Oregon.

May 15, 2014, 8:45 a.m.

Oregon And GMOs: Three Things To Know

Oregon is front and center this month in the nationwide debate over genetically modified crops and food. Some counties are considering a ban on GMO crops and an announcement is expected Thursday on a national GMO labeling campaign.

April 28, 2014, 10:12 a.m.

Oregon GMO Task Force Exempt From Public Meetings Law, Official Says

Gov. John Kitzhaber's new GMO task force is not subject to Oregon's public meetings law, his office has told a farmer who wanted to find out when its meetings would be held.

April 10, 2014, 9 a.m.

Oregon Governor Assembles Task Force To Tackle GMOs

Six months after Oregon banned cities and counties from regulating genetically modified crops and seeds, a governor-appointed task force will take a statewide look at the issue.

April 2, 2014, 12:07 p.m.

Ag Industry Rallies to Defeat Oregon Anti-GMO Measure

Jackson County voters are headed to the polls in May to vote on the future of GMO crops there. But it's a measure that's attracting national attention — and money.

Jan. 28, 2014, 2:45 p.m.

David-Goliath Battle Over GMO Sugar Beets In Ore.

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.

Oct. 18, 2013, 1 a.m.

GMO Labeling Initiative Raises Environmental Concerns

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.

Sept. 25, 2013, 6:23 p.m.

4 Takeaways From A GM Labeling Pep Rally

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.

Sept. 19, 2013, 5:27 p.m.

OR Lawmakers May Stop Locals From Regulating GM Crops

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.

Aug. 20, 2013, 8:12 a.m.

GMO Labeling Backers Outspending Foes In Washington State

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.

July 17, 2013, 8:30 a.m.

In Oregon, The GMO Wheat Mystery Deepens

The strange case of genetically engineered wheat on a farm in Oregon remains as mysterious as ever. If anything, it’s grown more baffling.

June 6, 2013, 8:32 a.m.

Purveyors Of GM Seed Say Mistakes Still Happen

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.

May 31, 2013, 6 p.m.

How Scientists Test for Genetically Modified Wheat

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.

May 29, 2013, 3:40 p.m.

Genetically Modified Wheat Found In Oregon Could Hurt Exports

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.

March 21, 2013, 7 a.m.

Ore. Senate Bill Would Block Local Ban On GMO Crops

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.

March 1, 2012, 11:33 a.m.

Organics Under Threat?

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.