Food Fight
5:33 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Measure 92: Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods in Oregon

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Last spring, voters in two southern Oregon counties passed measures to ban the cultivation of genetically engineered crops.  Now, Oregon voters statewide are being asked to approve a measure to require genetically engineered foods to be labeled.

As with the similar, unsuccessful ballot measures in Washington and California, lots of out-of-state money is flooding into the campaigns on both sides.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 5, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri September 5, 2014

What It Means To Be Labeled "Organic"

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Oregon voters will get another crack at GMO labeling in the November election. 

A measure on the ballot would require labeling for genetically engineered foods. 

But let's drop back a bit and consider food labels in a more general sense: what do the labels tell us?  For example, what does it really mean when you see "organic" slapped on a product in the store? 

Longtime journalist and University of Oregon professor Peter Laufer went in search of the answer to that particular question. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 30, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Mapping GMO and Non-GMO Crops

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Jackson County voters decided to ban GMO crops in the county, but that is far from the end of the issue. 

Genetically modified crops are still the focus of great debate. 

The state of Oregon is considering moves to map GMO and non-GMO crops, to better keep them apart. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 14, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Biosafety Alliance Weighs In On GMO Ordinance Vote

Sugar beets in the ground. Some of Jackson County's crop has been genetically engineered.
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Recent financial reports indicate that the people in opposition to Jackson County's anti-GMO crop measure have the money advantage, and much of the money comes from other states. 

But the anti-GMO (so PRO measure) forces have their own friends in other places. 

Those include the people of the Biosafety Alliance, who work on GMO and other issues. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 13, 2014 | 8:30
11:15 am
Wed March 12, 2014

The Case Against A Jackson County GMO Ban

Sugar beets in the field.
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Jackson County is the only county in Oregon to hold its own vote on whether to ban genetically modified (GMO) crops. 

And it will likely be the last, since the Oregon legislature banned further local votes.  But measure 15-119 is an interesting test case. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 5, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Gearing Up To Fight GMO In Jackson County

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The election is more than two months away, but the debate over GMO crops in Jackson County started a long time ago. 

The May primary election will feature Ballot Measure 15-119, which would ban the growing of genetically engineered crops in Jackson County if it passed. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 24, 2014 | 9:00
10:32 am
Fri January 24, 2014

GMO Perspective Straight From The Farm

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Howard Vlieger lives on the Iowa farm where he was born and raised. 

But his worldview extends far beyond the fields. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 12, 2013
1:15 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

GMO And The OMG Factor


Opponents of genetically modified food products (GMO) suffered a setback when Washington voters, like California's a year ago, declined to enact a law requiring labels on GMO foods. 

But the electoral setback likely has little effect on the passion of the anti-GMO crowd. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 16, 2013
10:40 am
Wed October 16, 2013

VENTSday-Arming Teachers + GMO Regulations-State or Local?


We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news. 

We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.

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