Oregon Residents Vote Down Anti-GMO Measure

May 20, 2015 04:31 PM

An Oregon County overwhelmingly voted down an anti-GMO measure that would have prohibited the growth of GMOs and GMO-based research.

Voters in Benton County, Oregon rejected the measure 73 to 27 percent.

Supporters say the measure would have protected conventional and organic farmers from contamination.

Opponents say the bill was poorly written including no exemptions for scientific research.

As we reported on AgDay, Oregon State University researchers say the measure would have limited GMO-related research.

Oregon State University released this statement:

“As it was proposed, Measure 2-89 offered significant concern regarding its impact on Oregon State University research that utilizes genetically engineered organisms to find treatments for diseases such as ALS and cancer; enhance food production and quality; improve environmental health; and improve the health and productivity of forests. We are pleased that this uncertainty over such essential research has been lifted by Tuesday’s election results.”

Other Oregon counties have voted on Anti-GMO measures in the past. Those measures had exceptions for educational research.

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