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Southern Oregon County Will Consider GM Crop Ban In 2014

Jan. 11, 2013 midnight

In November, voters in Washington's San Juan County banned genetically modified crops. Now Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley could follow suit: a proposed ban has qualified for the 2014 Jackson County ballot.

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Top Stories: Missing Camas Teen Home Safe, 8 Field Tests Underway For GMO Crops

July 10, 2014 2:26 p.m.

Headlines for Thursday, July 10: An investigation in Southern Oregon leads to 26 arrests, missing Camas teen is home safe with her family and Humpty Dumpty can't be repaired, but he will be replaced.

Agriculture | Environment | local

Groups Battle GMO Crops Using Tactics From Fracking Fight

July 16, 2013 1:20 p.m.

Groups across Oregon are working to ban genetically modified crops, many using a legal strategy that has helped communities across the country fight fracking.

Environment | Flora and Fauna

New Rule: No Bee-Harming Pesticides, GMO Crops On U.S. Wildlife Refuges

Aug. 4, 2014 8 a.m.

Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it was phasing out a class of bee-harming pesticides on wildlife refuges in the Pacific region. That rule now applies nationwide.

Environment | Flora and Fauna

Activists Regroup After Ore. Lawmakers' Trump Local Push To Restrict GM Crops

Oct. 3, 2013 8:07 p.m.

Until this week, activists in some Oregon counties were pushing to ban genetically modified crops, sometimes referred to as GMOs. Now they are now looking at a statewide initiative.

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Josephine, Jackson Counties Pass Anti-GMO Measures

May 21, 2014 3:42 a.m.

Separate measures to restrict genetically-modified crops in two Oregon counties won strong support in a first batch of election results on Tuesday.

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Merkley Introduces Amendment To Close GMO 'Loophole'

May 21, 2013 9:03 p.m.

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley has introduced an amendment to the Farm Bill that would weed out what he says is a "special interest loophole" for large agribusinesses dealing in genetically modified crops.

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USDA Again Says It's Ready For Round-Up Ready Crops

Feb. 4, 2011 2:55 p.m.

For the second time in a week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has cleared the way for farmers to plant crops genetically modified to be resistant to the herbicide Round-up.  Friday the USDA announced it would partially deregulate GMO sugar beets.

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Oregon Legislature Says 'No' To GMO-free Zones

April 14, 2017 12:30 a.m.

Two bills that would have let Oregon communities ban genetically modified or engineered crops have died in committee.

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Lane County Clerk Rejects Language On GMO Ballot Measure Petition

July 19, 2013 5:15 p.m.

Activists trying to ban genetically modified crops in Lane County are facing their first hurdle.

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Debate Over GMO Crops Enters Special Session Bargaining

Sept. 25, 2013 7:06 p.m.

A GMO bill that died in the House during the regular session has been resurrected in the horse trading regarding the special session.

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Initiative Would Ban GMO Crops in Jackson County

May 8, 2014 7:35 p.m.

An initiative to ban genetically engineered crops in Jackson County has garnered interest from farmers on both sides of the issue.

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What's Next For GMO Food Labeling?

Nov. 20, 2012 8:30 p.m.

California's Proposition 37 to require that many foods containing genetically modified ingredients be labeled  failed — despite early polling that showed massive support. A victory in California would likely have had resulted in far reaching changes to the nation's food labeling trends. The loss in California and a handful of other states means that food labeling remains the same. Supporters of the proposition cited concerns over human and environmental health as well as corporate ownership of food. Groups in opposition, ranging from Monsanto Co to many of California's newspaper editorial boards, said that the proposal was poorly written and opened the way for unnecessary lawsuits. They also predicted higher costs for consumers and cited a lack of evidence of health risks associated with genetically modified foods. In light of the recent decision by California voters, the debate about food labeling is moving on to other venues. A campaign in Washington state is in its early stages, and other states including Oregon, may see momentum for legislative action or other ballot efforts. 

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Josephine County GMO Ban Takes Effect — Kind Of

Sept. 3, 2015 8:30 p.m.

Earlier this year, voters rejected a public safety levy that would increase funding for the cash-strapped Josephine County Sheriff's Office. Without those resources, the ban lacks any kind of enforcement teeth.

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'The Four Top': CRISPR Over GMOs? | Endangered Foods | Banking Seeds In Vaults

Sept. 10, 2017 9:19 p.m.

Will a scientific breakthrough called CRISPR make GMOs obsolete? Should we fear the "bananapocalypse"? And what's the deal with "The Doomsday Vault"? Listen to Episode 27 of "The Four Top" podcast to find out.

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Follow The Wheat: The Farm

Aug. 9, 2013 8:45 p.m.

Back in May, a farmer found genetically modified wheat growing in his field. Japan and Korea—two of the biggest buyers of Oregon wheat—both suspended imports, which suggested the $500 million industry could be in jeopardy. The two countries have resumed trade, but the crisis reminded Oregonians of the continued importance of wheat in Oregon's economy. In the Northwest, wheat flows from farms in trucks to small elevators where it's loaded onto barges and brought to the massive elevators at the seaports. From there, it goes to the world. Plenty ends up in East Asia, often going into noodles, and some even reaches as far as Yemen, becoming the staple flat bread called khobz. The wheat begins in early winter at places like Emerson Dell Farm south of The Dalles, which David Brewer's family has farmed for five generations. The farmland rolls up and down, with little creeks in the many gullies and troughs between the hills. There are cattle grazing on grass fields and the crops include mustard and spelt. But most of the land, both now and throughout its 100-plus years, is wheat. The wheat grown here and across the Northwest is called soft white winter wheat, which means it's planted in early winter, grows a bit before frost sets in, then finishes its growth once spring begins. The Brewers' harvest has recently finished but most farmers are still out on their combines cutting the tall stalks. Little of this wheat will stay in Oregon. As much as 90 percent of it is exported, mostly to East Asia. After the harvest, the wheat goes to its next stop: grain elevators.

Seeds Of Change

May 27, 2016 8:18 a.m.

Meet seed savers pursuing grassroots alternatives to GMO crops and monocultures in America.

Politics | Think Out Loud

Oregon Legislature Convenes For Special Session

Sept. 30, 2013 7:06 p.m.

At the behest of Governor John Kitzhaber, Oregon lawmakers return for a special session on Monday, October 30th. OPB Salem correspondent Chris Lehman joins us from the capitol.


Oregon Lens 2012 Features Local Filmmakers

Aug. 13, 2012 midnight

Explore the world through the independent lens of Oregon filmmakers. Oregon Lens is celebrating its 14th year and it's never been better. Find out what you can expect to see this year and when to watch.


Best Local Music of 2008

Dec. 13, 2008 7:31 p.m.

While the rest of the blogosphere, print media and the good listeners of OPB Music compile their "Best of 2008" lists, I will use my inaugural blog post here to highlight my favorite CDs put out by Portland musicians this year.

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