When heirloom seeds become contaminated with chemical, the heirloom characteristics give way to the powerful chemicals. Loss of old seed lines means the end of that line. We need to protect seeds from this kind of disease.
"We need your urgent attention to this sign on letter to support Oregon family farmers from a poorly written seed preemption bill, SB 633 - which is being called Oregon's Monsanto Protection Act. A Special Session will be held in the Oregon Legislature today (September 26 at 2:30 pm PST) and if SB 633 passes it could rob Oregon farmers of their rights to grow organic seeds and threaten the future of seed security.
Earlier this month, biotech lobbyists and industry front groups succeeded in attaching SB 633 to an unrelated tax and public pension reform package up for consideration during a special legislative session, which must be finalized by Sept 30th.
If SB 633 passes, it will permanently strip Oregon’s farmers and citizens of the right to make local agricultural decisions that protect area farmers, local economies and organic seed production. Known as a seed preemption bill, Oregon’s Monsanto Protection Act seeks to protect big biotech interests in Oregon.Oregon state is a leading producer of organic seed, and often considered a crown jewel of organic, non-GMO and heritage seed production, is being put at risk of permanent genetic pollution should this bill pass. The stakes couldn’t be higher Please sign this letter and pass it on!"
Any legislators who vote for that bill should be recalled.