There is no Oregon’s Monsanto Protection Act.
The anti-GMO, anti-technology, regressive crowd has given that title to SB 633, Seed Preemption.
To begin, there is no such thing as the Monsanto Protection Act…anywhere. There was a Plant Protection Act passed recently in congress. This protects farmers who had legally purchased and planted seed from activist judges who make decisions based on rhetoric and emotion from declaring legal seeds and plants to be illegal and ordering them to be destroyed.
I testified in favor of SB 633 over a month ago. I still stand by that testimony and the bill.
I have been accused of not supporting democracy and opposing local control because of my support for Seed Preemption. Let’s be clear about this.
- I support States’ rights as granted by the constitution.
- I support less regulation and this bill prevents multiple regulations on county & city levels.
- I support freedom to choose what you eat and grow but cannot dictate that to your neighbor.
I am a believer in Farm and Let Farm and I don’t believe in restricting my neighbor’s choice of what he plants. I do believe in being a good neighbor and discussing the options and the science of cross-pollination. If one is truly worried about cross-pollination there are multiple options to how to avoid it besides an outright ban.
Ultimately it is about freedom and choice and once laws & politicians start regulating what we can and cannot grow we lose both.
Lastly, SB 633 has little to do with GMOs and Monsanto. The Anti-crowd even acknowledges this in a recent Action Alert. They direct their followers to not mention GMOs when contacting legislators….
This bill makes a level playing field for all Oregon farmers and supported by both Organic and Conventional farmers. If you look through the anti-crowd’s rhetoric and scare tactics you will see that it is a common sense bill.