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Mission Statement:

Cultivate Oregon, a non-profit project of Earth Island Institute, is focused on regenerative agriculture issues, primarily protecting traditional seed supplies from genetically engineered (GMO) contamination.


Who we are:

Cultivate Oregon is a group of leaders who were initially united through various campaigns around food, agriculture, and environmental issues. Our statewide alliance is working to expand socially and environmentally responsible agriculture that champions food, farm, and economic vitality.

We are raising public awareness around the consequences of GMOs in our communities. Through educational and legislative efforts, we are growing a diverse and equitable food system that promotes biodiversity, pollinator and soil health, heritage seeds, and resource conservation.

Cultivate Oregon is part of a coalition that includes Our Family Farms, Center for Food Safety, Friends of Family Farmers, and Oregonians for Safe Farms and Families. We are a proud sponsored project of Earth Island Institute.

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