Jackson County, Oregon GMO battle heats up

Some organic farmers have come together to oppose what they see as a growing threat from genetically modified crops contaminating surrounding fields.

“Our livelihood is at stake,” said Mary Alionis, who owns Whistling Duck Farms in Applegate with her husband, Vince. The Alionis family and other organic farmers recently threw their support behind Ballot Measure 15-119, which asks voters in the November election to ban GMO crops in Jackson County.

More than a dozen farmers gathered at Fry Family Farm’s fields in north Medford to talk about the economic dangers from genetically modified plants, such as sugar beets created by multi-national companies such as Monsanto and Syngenta AG.

Read the full, original article: Some farmers object to GMO crops, worry that their farms are imperiled

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