Good afternoon ~
The Oregon Department of Agriculture has fast-tracked the approval of canola production in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. This would include Genetically Modified Canola.
This would mean that our crops that are related to canola (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts, etc) would be at risk for cross pollination and contamination by GM canola.
Many gardeners rely on seed grown in the Willamette Valley for their home gardens.
Please read the letter below from the Seed Ambassadors and act now to express your thoughts on this issue.
Please comment by THIS FRIDAY to prevent the Oregon Department of Agriculture's temporary rule permitting GM canola and thus, bypassing the public comment period.
It is up to us to protect the genetics of our food.
We here at the Seed
Ambassadors Project haven't sent out any e-mails in a while, but are
compelled to do so today: There is an immediate threat to our food
supply because the Oregon Department of Agriculture has fast-tracked
the approval of canola (including GM canola) production here in the
Willamette Valley of Oregon.
As many of you may know the Willamette Valley is one of the top 5
places in the world for growing and supplying specialty seed and
maintaining seed diversity. Seed grown here not only is sold by local
Oregon companies, such as Adaptive Seeds, but is also bought by other
seed companies such as Johnny's, Fedco, and lots of others both
nationally and internationally. Basically, seed grown here supplies the world with food.
One of the specialty seeds that the Valley is perfect for is
brassicas, which includes broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, rutabaga,
turnip, radish, kale, cabbage, etc. Canola is also a brassica but spreads rampantly and cross pollinates with a lot of other brassicas with detrimental effects
Oregon State University has conducted research proving that canola will
cross pollinate with many different crops including turnips, broccoli
raab, some kales, rutabaga, and possibly radish and broccoli. Meaning
the presence of canola production in the Willamette Valley will
definitely contaminate and destroy those other seed crops. Without
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has
previously maintained a canola exclusion zone in the Valley. However, in
the past few months there have been a series of meetings held behind
closed doors to change this zone to allow canola (including genetically
modified canola) to be grown in the valley unchecked and with disregard
to existing seed pinning map isolation guidelines. ODA only just
released a press release
on Friday, August 3rd saying they will grant a temporary rule to allow
canola this Friday, August 10th. By issuing a temporary rule the ODA is
avoiding the requirement for public comment and therefore behaving
unilaterally with only special interests in mind. Not only does this
decision harm seed growers but GM canola cross pollination will also
potentially threaten the
livelihood of any of the certified organic growers in the area. There
are good reasons why canola has been banned in
the Willamette Valley by ODA up to this point, and pressure on ODA to
lift these bans needs to be countered.
Please contact the ODA and Governor Kitzhaber yourself and make your
voice heard! It does not matter if you are not an Oregon resident, this
decision effects everyone in a huge way and they need to be reminded of
And spread the word!
ODA phone number: (503)[masked]
ODA Director Coba: [address removed]
Governor Kitzhaber: (503)[masked]
; or email
Remember, we only have until this Friday, August 10th to change this decision!
Check out the following links for more information:
Friends of Family Farmers: Willamette Valley Immediately Threatened by Canola2006 OSU Special Report on Canola Outcrossing Potential in the Willamette Valley
GMOs At The Door, Wild Garden Seeds, Frank MortonWillamette Valley Farmers Continue the Canola Debate, OregonLive.com
Thanks for your time and help!
Queen Bee Flower Essenceswww.herbnwisdom.com
"...the greatest change we need to make is from consumption to
production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of
us do this, there is enough for everyone.
Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on
the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food
and shelter." - Bill Mollison