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County in Oregon Bans Growing Genetically Modified Foods




   The GMO debate has yet to catch the attention of many Americans, but on the West Coast, it's intense. California, Oregon and Washington all have narrowly defeated initiatives that would require the labeling of GMO foods, but in one Oregon county, the debate has taken a different turn - and GMO opponents are winning.

   Jackson County voters last year approved a ban on the growing of genetically modified crops, and in May of this year, a federal judge upheld the law, saying it rightly protected organic farmers from cross-pollination.

   The initiative could become a model for other counties and states around the nation, and on this week's edition of Off The Grid Radio we speak with Elise Higley, the director of the Our Family Farms Coalition that defeated Monsanto at the ballot. She's also an organic farmer.

   Without such laws, Higley says, some forms of organic farming soon could become extinct. She also tells us:

   Elise's David-vs.-Goliath fight is one that anyone who supports independent and small farms should follow. Elise believes the victory can be duplicated elsewhere.


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