Friday, May 30, 2014
Free Market Living
The other side of
the GMO debate
Submitted by Mischa Popoff, Kelowna
a former organic farmer and USDA-contract organic inspector, let me just say
that last night's vote in Jackson County Oregon to ban GMOs is a HUGE
setback for the organic community in America.
We were never in
the business of denying our neighbors the right to use advanced
forms of technology. We only stipulated that WE would not use them,
and then let consumers decide if they agreed with us.
For years we argued that the farming community should respect OUR
right to be organic. With last night's vote in Jackson County -
making it the third jurisdiction in America to ban a perfectly-safe
form of agricultural science - we have yet again denied our
neighbors their rights. And that goes against everything it has ever
meant to be organic. Lord Walter Northbourne, Sir Albert Howard and
Lady Eve Balfour are all rolling over in their graves.
You can hear my reaction to the vote, along with that of Barry
Bushue, President of the Oregon Farm Bureau,
You can read about my reaction to the vote
This is America. If we don't live by the free market, we shouldn't
be surprised if the free market suddenly turns on us.
About Mischa Popoff, B.A. (Hons.) U. of S.
Former USDA contract organic inspector
Author of Is it Organic? The inside story of the organic industry
Some people won't like this book, but you will
Policy Advisor for The Heartland Institute
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