Joshua Cook benswann.com This week, Oregon passed SB 633, known by many as the Monsanto Protection Act, in a special legislative session. The act would prevent local governments from enacting or enforcing any measures which regulate agricultural, flower, nursery and vegetable seeds or their products. Essentially, it would prevent counties and municipalities from banning GMO crops. The Oregon Farm Bureau claims that this is because it does not want local governments to be able to elevate some farming practices over others. The effect of the bill, however, is the elevation of GMO farming over regular farming and organic farming. Cross pollination of GMO crops to organic crops can lead to contamination of both produce and seeds, leading to massive monetary losses for organic companies and family farms, as well as unreliable organic produce for consumers. Oregon is the country’s fifth highest organic producer, and is home to some of the country’s main organic seed companies. to read more click here: benswann.com
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