- THE MAGAZINE
- FOOD MASTER
A county in the southwestern part of Oregon made a clear statement at the polls Tuesday, passing an ordinance banning the production of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, in the county.
According to the unofficial polling results of Jackson County, 65 percent of voters supported the measure.
The ordinance, which drew national attention, makes it a violation for any person or entity to propagate, cultivate, raise, or grow GMO plants within the county.
In October, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber signed Senate Bill 863, which made the state the only authority allowed to regulate GMOs
The Associated Press reported an exception was made for the county because its ordinance was already approved for the ballot. New counties, however, will not be able to institute similar legislation.