Anniversary of Successful County Measures to Ban GMO Crops
Here in Southern Oregon, a whole lot of people put a great deal of time and work into making sure that local farms need not worry about their crops getting crossed with GMO strains. After Chris Hardy, a local farmer, learned that GMO sugar beets were being grown in a neighboring field, he started making inquiries and finding others who shared his concerns. From this, a movement to gather signatures needed to put forth a voter initiative to ban the growth of genetically modified crops in Jackson County was born.
The team of activists and organizers that came together was a dynamic power house of movers and manifestors. With a budget a tenth the size of their opponents in the bio-tech companies, they worked for many months, years even, by now, spreading the word and helping to educate people, striving to protect local farms from GMO contamination.
May 20th 2014 was the date of the first ballot initiative passing, and then a year after that, again on May 20th, a court victory upheld the people's vote, effectively banning Syngenta from using our valley as a laboratory for their franken-food experiments. The nerve of these people!
So on May 20th 2016, a celebration was organized, and we all gathered for a big potluck at Pioneer Hall. I was not active in the campaign, as I was down in Texas that year, but I followed it through friends on the web, and I am always a strong supporter of community rights and efforts to curtail the destructive endeavors of planet raping corporations!
We had a great time at the potluck, where we into several old friends and enjoyed good clean, organic food. The girls had a grand time running around with other kids and climbing up the stone chimney outside the hall. I was also delighted to get a few minutes on the piano, towards the end of the evening. I haven't had a piano to play at leisure since I lived in Glendale, back in 13. I do miss those ivory keys!
Of course, the fight is not over. The DARK act and the TTP are recent developments that threaten our right to make these kinds of decisions at the local level, but that should come as no surprise. Freedom and self-governance are never going to be handed to us. We have to fight the dirty dogs who run this train wreck of society tooth and nail if we ever expect to keep or regain any semblance of our natural rights. So keep on fighting, Jackson and Josephine Counties, and stand strong ye warriors of peace and liberty, because things are really starting to get crazy out there. We may not be able to stop international gangsters from scheming up new ways to steal our freedoms, but we can choose to ignore them and nullify their absurd laws, so let's not give our power away. It all starts in our own backyards.