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In May 2014, fearing that GMO pollen blowing into their fields, leaving them unable to sell their products as GMO-free, farmers in Oregon’s Rogue River Valley joined the dialogue around healthy seed systems in a much deeper way. Voters in Josephine and Jackson counties considered ballot initiatives banning GMO crops.
On May 21st, despite being outspent 3 to 1 by multinational seed companies, the citizens of Jackson County, Oregon successfully campaigned to ban GMO crops.
This segment looks at the organizing behind the recent victory and includes interviews with Don Tipping, Seven Seeds Farm owner; Chris Hardy, Rogue valley farmer; Elise Higley, Our Family Farms Coalition leader; Magdeleno Rose-Avila, Yes on 15-119 volunteer and Barry Bushue, American Farm Bureau vice president.
Andrew Stelzer is a radio producer for Making Contact. His radio work has appeared on programs including Marketplace, NPR News, BBC’s The World, Latino USA, Radio France International’s Crossroads, Free Speech Radio News, and on Making Contact since 2008. His print work has appeared in The St Petersburg Times, In These Times, E! Magazine, and elsewhere. Andrew was previously the senior reporter and anchor at WMNF radio in Tampa, FL.
Making Contact, is an award-winning, 29-minute weekly magazine-style public affairs program heard on 140 radio stations in the USA, Canada, South Africa and Ireland.
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