Today Oregon legislators and Governor John Kitzhaber will decide whether they will do the bidding of out of state multinational biotech seed giants like Monsanto and Syngenta or whether they will stand up to protect Oregon’s family farmers and the future of our seed supply.
The stakes couldn’t be higher. Today the Oregon legislature could pass SB 633 (LC 5), Oregon’s Monsanto Protection Act, which would strip local countys’ control over seeds, food and agriculture and deny county elected officials’ ability to keep GMO crops from contaminating farmers’ fields.
After dying in committee during the regular session earlier this year, SB 633, now known as LC 5, industrial ag corporations joined forces with the notorious ALEC and Koch brothers to slip this seed preemption bill into an unrelated emergency PERS tax and pension bill in Oregon.
Please join us in stopping this outrageous sneak attack on family farmers, their economic livelihoods, their way of life and the future integrity and survival of organic and non-GMO seed. Already more than 1,000 family farmers and farm organizations and 28,000 individuals have signed this urgent letter – Please add your voice! http://bit.ly/stopSB633Now
NOTE: SB 633 is now SB 863
Senate Bill 863 RSS feed for this bill
Makes legislative finding and declaration that regulation of agricultural seed, flower seed, nursery seed and vegetable seed and products of agricultural seed, flower seed, nursery seed and vegetable seed be reserved to state.
Measure activity House Senate
- Sep 30, 2013: Introduction and first reading. Referred to President’s desk.
- Sep 30, 2013: Referred to Special Session.
- Sep 30, 2013: Public Hearing and Possible Work Session scheduled.
- Oct 1, 2013: Work Session scheduled.
Just came in: The prostitutes in the Oregon Senate passed SB 633/863 – This not only makes local communities not able to ban GMOs, but a ban against labeling is also included in this monster. Now it goes to the House:
SALEM — Senators passed 17-12 a controversial bill to bar counties other than Jackson from regulating genetically modified agriculture. The state would regulate seeds used for commercial agriculture under Senate Bill 863. The bill includes an emergency clause that would allow the bill to take immediate effect, precluding efforts in Benton and Lane counties to restrict genetically modified agriculture. The bill heads to the House. It is part of a complex package of five bills on public pensions, taxes and genetically modified agriculture under consideration in the special session.