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Top Stories: Jackson County Farms File Suit Over GMO Ban, Sellwood Bridge Closed Until Friday

Nov. 19, 2014 3:45 p.m.

Headlines for Wednesday, Nov. 19: Two Jackson County farm owners have filed suit over a ban on genetically modified crops in the county; Portland's Sellwood Bridge is closed until Friday; Clark County commissioners approved an ordinance that forbids panhandling; and more.

Election | Agriculture | Politics | News | OPB News Blog

Food For Thought: The Difference Between GMO And GE Foods

Oct. 2, 2014 2 p.m.

When people talk about Oregon ballot Measure 92, are "GMO" and "genetically engineered foods" interchangeable terms? It turns out, not so much. 

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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.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

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.

local | News | OPB News Blog

Josephine County Restaurants Offer GMO-Free Options

May 12, 2014 6:49 p.m.

In the midst of the heated genetically modified organisms debate, some restaurants in Southern Oregon have found an opportunity.

Environment | Communities

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

May 15, 2014 7:44 p.m.

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.

Election | local | Politics | Environment

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.

Land | Environment

Oregon GMO Panel Holds First Meeting

April 10, 2014 9:41 p.m.

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber convened a panel of regional experts Thursday on issues of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. At Oregon State University's Food Innovations Center in downtown Portland, Kitzhaber spoke on the importance of debating the role of GMOs in the state.

Environment | Communities

Under Pressure, General Mills Makes GMO-Free Cheerios

Jan. 3, 2014 5:46 p.m.

In response to consumer requests, General Mills is changing the source of its original Cheerios ingredients so that the cereal will be free of genetically modified organisms.

Environment | Communities

For Those Who Want To Avoid GMO Foods, There's An App For That

Nov. 15, 2013 6:43 p.m.

These Beanfields chips sure are tasty. They're also made by a company that hasn't fueled opposition to labeling genetically modified foods –- according to the app I tried out today.

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local | Food | Cooking

Turn Up The Heat With Sautéed-Radish Rice Bowls

June 24, 2016 6:30 p.m.

Push the peppery heat of radishes up a notch by sautéing them and their greens to create quick, fragrant brunch-or-lunch rice bowls.

local | Food

Sweet And Savory Roasted Asparagus Spears

May 13, 2016 7 a.m.

For a quick and easy sweet-savory dish, roast Parmesan-topped asparagus spears and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

Books | Arts

Moving, Memorable 'Today Will Be Different' Balances Humor And Tragedy

Oct. 4, 2016 11 a.m.

Maria Semple's new novel centers on erratic, overworked mother Eleanor, who makes a promise before the book begins: Today will be different. And it is, but not the way she expected or hoped for.

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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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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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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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GMO Wheat Update

June 3, 2013 7:20 p.m.

News broke on Wednesday that genetically modified (GMO) wheat had been discovered in an Oregon field. Everyone is wondering how the seeds got there, since GMO wheat has not been approved for Oregon's commercial farmers. Regardless of the source, the consequences could be dire for Oregon's wheat farmers and exporters. The Oregon Department of Agriculture director, Katy Coba, told OPB earlier this week she's concerned about the economic impact this could have on the state. South Korea and Japan have already suspended some imports of wheat from the Pacific Northwest.

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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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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.

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News Roundtable: May 31, 2013

May 31, 2013 7:06 p.m.

It's Friday, so it's time for the news roundtable, our chance to review the big news of the week with a panel of journalists, editors and news watchers. This week we are discussing:

  • The discovery of GMO wheat in Oregon
  • The arrest of an Albany high school student accused of planning to attack his school
  • Speculation about bureau assignments in Portland city government
  • Michele Bachmann's announcement that she will not seek re-election
  • President Obama's decision to nominate Republican James Comey to be the next FBI director

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