Awesome: Oregon aims to be first state to map GMO fields

By Christina Sarich | Natural Society

After reading this article, you just may be willing to move to Oregon – the state that just keeps getting better and better. Residents in southern Oregon already voted compellingly to ban genetically modified crops just last month, and now the state plans to map out all GMO fields within its borders to help mitigate the damage of cross-pollination.

Farmers had already tried negotiating with Syngenta, a biotech giant who grows GMO sugar beets in the state for months to try to set up a system for online mapping of GMO fields, so that GMO and non-GMO could peacefully coexist, but since the company wouldn’t cooperate, Oregonians near Portland (Jackson County) decided to ban them altogether.

While the aim was to minimize cross-pollination in a few areas then, there has been new developments. Since last October, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber directed the state’s Department of Agriculture to undertake something far more ambitious. They are now tasked with mapping the entire state for GMO fields so that buffer zones can be established for GE crops – hopefully until they are banned in the state and country completely.

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