Opponents of GMO ban raise $455,000

Opponents of GMO ban raise $455,000

Six pesticide and plant biotechnology firms have donated thousands of dollars to the campaign against SB633.

Pesticide and biotech firm Monsanto Company donated $183,294, GMO seed producer DuPont Pioneer $129,647, biotech firm Sygenta Crop Protection $75,000, and $22,353 each from biotech firms Bayer CropScience, BASF Plant Science and Dow AgroSciences.

It's a whopping amount of money for a local county measure, but the stakes are huge for these companies. If the measure passes, the companies stand to lose money.Opponents also fear the measure's passage could set a precedent and provide momentum for statewide efforts to ban genetically modified agriculture or require labeling of genetically modified foods.

Read more at OregonLive.com

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0 #1 Same as it ever wasGuest 2014-04-04 20:33:39
We saw this the last time the labeling initiative was up. Overwhelming public support hit by overwhelming agrochemical money leads to ... overwhelming electoral defeat.
Anyone who doesn't believe you can buy an election hasn't looked too hard. If you want a say in elections, get money. Free speech is expensive.
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0 #2 Economics of Organic ValleyGuest 2014-04-05 16:36:49
For decades, all over the U.S., folks have tried to mimic the success of Silicon Valley. We have an opportunity to profit from Silicon Valley in our own way. Organic food is very popular in Silicon Valley- it's a huge market. An organic Jackson County could be the foundation of an economic boom for the county and the region.. there is increasing demand for Organics throughout the West Coast. Why not let the citizens do well??

This is a perfect example of why Money is Not Speech. How is it possible that half a million dollars just shows up to dictate to Oregon citizens how to vote? How is it possible that much of this money doesn't even come from the United States and we just let it happen? Why can't local family farms profit for a change?

Support an "Organic Valley," not a "gmo valley."
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