By Nicholas Tomasi
The ongoing food fight between massive biotech companies and grassroots activists has continued on the west coast, with a monumental vote on the mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods looming in California this November.
The GMO-free movement took home an important victory on August 16 against canola in the latest round between the two sides, as GMO canola plantings were halted due to a successful lawsuit in Oregon.
The suit was field by the Center with Friends of Family Farmers and three specialty seed producers of Willamette Valley, challenging the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s recent temporary rule approving the planting of GMO canola on important farming land without even having a public hearing or commenting period.
The plaintiffs argued that the area, which includes a great deal of small farms and profitable, vibrant organic farming communities, would be at risk through widespread GMO cross-contamination as well as additional superweeds from GMOs, pests and diseases that are known to follow such lab-created crops around.
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