THE FAMILY FARMS MEASURE: JACKSON COUNTY TAKES ON GMOs
This May voters in Jackson County in Southern Oregon will be voting on the Family Farms Measure 15-119, a ballot measure that would ban genetically engineered crops from being grown in the county. If it passes, Jackson County will join three California Counties (Mendocino, San Cruz and Marin) where GMO bans are already in place. But Jackson County will be the only county in Oregon that can vote on this issue, since the Oregon legislature passed a pre-emptive law last summer prohibiting any other local anti-GMO ordinances.
On this episode of Locus Focus, we talk with Elise Higley, campaign director for the Family Farms Measure, about the growing community of organic farmers in Southern Oregon who are banding together to stop the proliferation of genetically modified crops.