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In the wake of Jackson County, Oregon’s recent vote to ban genetically modified foods, lots of people have forgotten the people most hit by this — farmers.
Sure, the anti-GMOers thought they were going to stick it to Monsanto and Syngenta. But admist their hateful passion and anti-science agenda, they forgot that it’s farmers that grow that food, profit from it, and use that money to support their families.
The message was clear: if your’e a family farmer in Jackson County, Oregon, screw you!
The Oregonian Editorial Board published this response to the recent vote:
Syngenta and Monsanto don’t live in Jackson or Josephine Counties. People do, and some of them are farmers who are now less free to use their land as they see fit than they were just weeks ago. The farmers affected by the ban don’t use GE crops because they want to help agribusinesses. They use them because doing so suits their own purposes.
The GE crop ban is, above all, a property rights issue. Voters who saw in the election an opportunity to hit Monsanto and Syngenta with a crowbar ended up hitting their neighbors instead. Those neighbors aren’t going anywhere, their livelihoods have been affected by popular vote, and the measure explicitly thumbs its nose at the notion that Oregon protects the ability of farmers to operate in the face of development by squeamish urbanites. For these reasons, the fighting may not be over, even though the voting is.
The opinion piece goes on to discuss various methods that farmers might use to take back those property rights, including litigation through the Right to Farm legislation in the state. Unfortunately for those farmers living there, they cannot just pick up their fields and move.
They’ll have to stand up to the new law or become organic (eek!).
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