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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.

Communities | Environment

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.

Oregon GMO Panel Holds First Meeting

April 11, 2014 12:53 a.m.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber convened a panel of regional experts Thursday on issues of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

Politics | Agriculture | Sustainability | local | News | Health | Food

Oregon Senator Tries To Find GMO Labeling Compromise

March 11, 2016 8:08 p.m.

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley is trying to stop a federal ban on labeling products as containing genetically modified organisms.

Environment | Land

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.

Behind The Furious Debate Over GMO Crops

April 14, 2016 6 p.m.

Luke Runyon of Harvest Public Media explains what people are really arguing about in the debate over genetically engineered crops.

News | Agriculture | local | Food

Lawyers Square Off Over Josephine County GMO Ban

April 16, 2016 10:33 p.m.

Farmers seeking to overturn the ban against genetically engineered crops in Oregon’s Josephine County have come under fire in court from proponents of the ordinance.

News

Photos: Monsanto March PDX 2015

May 23, 2015 8:43 p.m.

Community members gathered at Shemanski Park and marched through the streets of Portland, chanting against the use of GMOs during the 2015 Monsanto March PDX on May 23, 2015.

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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. 

Agriculture

Oregon Monsanto Protests Draw Hundreds

May 26, 2013 3:10 a.m.

Hundreds of people from around Oregon today came to protest the practices of the food production giant Monsanto and several legislative actions related to Monsanto's business.

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The Fight Over Sugar Beets

March 30, 2010 4 p.m.

Earlier this month, a federal judge in San Fransisco ruled that farmers can grow genetically modified sugar beets, at least for the near future. Environmentalists have tried to stop the growth of these beets, saying that their seeds would contaminate un-modified sugar beets and related species, like swiss chard. But 95 percent of all sugar beets grown here are modified — accounting for half of the nation's sugar supply — and an immediate ban would cause 1.5 billion dollars in losses. These GMO (genetically modified organism) beets were created to resist a particular herbicide, and were patented by Monsanto. The Center for Food Safety, Earthjustice and several other groups and organic farmers brought the suit against GMO sugar beets. They sued the USDA over its approval of the new plant, and Monsanto over its development and distribution. And the legal challenges aren't over yet; it's possible that a ban on GMO sugar beets might come down the road.

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Special Session Wraps Up

Oct. 3, 2013 7:06 p.m.

The Oregon Legislature's three day special session came to a close Wednesday with the passage of the "grand bargain."

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.

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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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