Protect Your Food Farms and Future!
Defend your right
to healthy food.
Do it for your family.
Do it for yourself.
What does Measure 15-119 do?
Measure 15-119 bans propagating, cultivating, raising, or growing of GMO crops in Jackson County. It also provides procedures to administer the law with due process and respect for Constitutional rights. It has an exception for medical and scientific research. To see the full text of the law go to:
Q. Why can't we all just coexist?
A. Jackson County's agricultural land is made up of narrow valleys. In this setting wind and insect pollen drift from open fields are impossible to control. It is neither practical nor realistic to divide the County up into GMO and non-GMO zones. A GMO crop ban is simple and easy to implement.
GMO crops know no boundaries.
They ignore fences.
They don't follow rules.
Q. Isn't this too much government regulation?
A. Except for the prohibition on growing GMO crops, all the remaining language is from existing County ordinances. There is extensive due process and respect for constitutional rights in the law. It assures that Jackson County citizens are in control of their agriculture--not multinational corporations.
Good local food--
It's something so simple.
Don't lose it.
Q. Does this ordinance add costs to the County budget?
A. No. Existing County staff and procedures will be used to enforce the measure.
Q. Does this ordinance fine or otherwise criminalize farmers or others who grow GMOs?
A. Farms that grow GMOs only need to remove the crop to comply with the law. Initially they will have one year to comply. However, there are penalties for farmers who refuse to comply with a County order after hearings with right of appeal.
Unwanted, Untested, Unneeded
Q. Will home, school, and community gardens be protected?
A. Yes. Banning GMO crops will assure that you can grow healthy food under your control without the risk of pollen contamination from GMO crops.
Q. Will I be fined if I accidentally plant GMO seeds?
A. You cannot "accidentally" plant GMO seeds. To buy them you have to sign a complex contract with the company that owns the patent for the seeds.
Q. Won't this ban keep biotech jobs out of Jackson County?
A. No. The ordinance has exemptions for medical and scientific research in closed laboratories.