LTE in support of HB 2739 - "GE developers should be held accountable"

Must read! This powerful letter to the editor from Malheur County Farmer, Jerry Erstrom, was just published in the Capital Press. Erstrom argues in favor of HB 2739, and highlights the real-time need for protection from GE contamination in Oregon. He also points out that those opposing the bill are (not surprisingly) funded by Monsanto and other Big Ag chemical companies, and are (not surprisingly) using the same old "sky is falling" talking points that we hear all the time when anyone tries to regulate or label GMOs. 

GE developers should be held accountable

By Jerry Erstrom

June 21, 2017 | I am a farmer in Malheur County, Ore., where I grow seed crops (including non-GE alfalfa), vegetables, and Roundup Ready field corn.

I am not opposed to genetically engineered crops, but as a farmer of some non-GE varieties and after my experience with GE contamination in my alfalfa seed production and with the GE creeping bentgrass escape, I am a supporter of making the right people accountable if crops are damaged. That is why I support HB 2739.

As the chairman of the Malheur County Weed Board, I’ve had a front row seat to the damage caused by Roundup Ready GE bentgrass, which spreads easily on the wind and through water, infesting irrigation ditches and cross-pollinating with wild relatives.

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