Measure 15-119 is a bad deal for the community. There's so much untrue stuff blowing around, all designed to use emotionalism to get voter support from the low information voter. Factually, there's zero scientific research that shows that GMOs are bad, despite the fact they have been around for 20 years. It's really about limiting private property rights and giving special, preferential treatment to a small but vocal minority at the expense of a far larger commercial ag industry. If it passes, I'm confident that it will violate Oregon's right to farm law and that it will be nullified in court. I'm definitely voting no. — John Dimick, Eagle Point
In the May 9 Mail Tribune article on insurance and marijuana, it was mentioned about the FDA's approval, depending on big clinical studies that measure safety, effectiveness and side effects. Regarding GMOs, the FDA did virtually nothing for approval! The FDA had not gone through its own protocol on the GMO issue. What is even more disturbing, is a company from Switzerland promoting GMOs, but their own country will not allow GMOs. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see this picture as terribly wrong! — Jeff Kassman, Ashland
In the May 4 editorial section of the Mail Tribune, two differing opinions on the GMO debate.
One of the opinions states: "GMOs provide farmers with new crop varieties that can provide higher yields at lower costs without the extensive use of chemical pesticides." The other states: "In February, the USDA Economic Research Service released a report that found that GMO seeds have not been shown to definitively increase yield potentials, and "in fact, the yields of herbicide-tolerant or insect-resistant seeds may be occasionally lower than the yields of conventional varieties." Further into the article it states: "... in the first 16 years of GE crops being planted in the U.S., there has been a net increase of 423 million pounds more pesticides, primarily herbicides, sprayed on GE crops compared to their non-GE counterparts." Which argument persuades you?
I am voting yes on Measure 15-119. — Bobbie Wild, Medford
I saw the new TV ads from the opposition to 15-119 and had to laugh at the new scare-and-confuse tactics. Scaring us about county expenditures wasn't working, so they moved to goons in suits supposedly from the feds walking upon farms and then fruits and vegetables being at risk.
Those goons are more likely to be the lawyers from Monsanto or Syngenta claiming a patent infringement than the feds. Until the feds are completely controlled by big money, I think we're safe.
What federal agency? What law is there to violate to grow unadulterated crops? The biggest threat to our fruits and vegetables is the Frankenfood those big companies want continued license to introduce here. Vote yes on 15-119. Don't be fooled. — Gayla Barrows, Medford