News from: June 22, 2016
Our attorneys have taken the next step! We have filed a Notice of Appeal for this case.
This is the first step of our three-prong approach to uphold the ban in Josephine County.
The three-prong approach is being developed to include: an appeal to our case, a political strategy to obtain a legislative change for Josephine County, and a statewide coalition to protect all of Oregon from the threat of genetic contamination via pollen drift.
Thank you for continuing to support our efforts to protect the
9th GMO FREE ZONE in the US!
News from: June 15, 2016
In addition to seeking court costs, plaintiff’s lawyers filed a petition seeking attorney fees for nearly $30,000. Our legal team has filed an opposition to that petition and are confident that the case law is in our favor and that we will prevail in defeating the petition.
One of the stated reasons for their petition is specifically to create a chilling effect and deter similarly situated communities from bringing legal challenges to similar unjust laws like the Oregon preemption law.
“I find it hard to believe that OFS (Oregonians for Food and Shelter) — a lobbyist group funded by the largest chemical and agricultural corporations in the world — needs the taxpayers of Josephine County, one of the poorest counties in the state, to pay their bill to undo a democratic voter enacted ordinance,” said Don Tipping, local farmer and business owner of Siskiyou Seeds.
This petition for attorneys’ fees is particularly egregious given the fact that attorney fees are not awarded to a prevailing party under the Declaratory Judgment Act. However, plaintiff’s attorneys seek to invoke a rare exception to award attorney fees claiming there was “no objectively reasonable basis” for certain affirmative defenses argued by intervenors in the litigation.
“It is clear that the motivation behind filing a petition for an award of attorney’s fees is to scare the voters of Josephine County, and others across the state from standing up to the largest chemical and agricultural corporations in the world. Clearly they do not need help paying this bill but are trying to stifle our growing movement from creating GMO Free Zones in the Rogue Valley and across Oregon,” said Mary Middleton, Oregonians for Safe Farms and Families Director.
News from: June 9, 2016
Thank you for your support to all who attended our recent community discussions!
The key points from the discussions have lead to the development of a three-prong approach to include: an appeal to our case, a political strategy to obtain a legislative change for Josephine County, and a statewide coalition to protect all of Oregon from the threat of genetic contamination via pollen drift.
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News from: May 16, 2016
Court Hearing Results
Take heart and stay strong, Josephine County citizens and farmers.
News from the judge informs us he has ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit in which we have intervened. Our legal team has fought on behalf of Josephine County voters to try to maintain the ban on GMO crops here.
We are disappointed but we know that change can take a long time, especially when in a difficult fight up against the largest chemical company in the world!
We are pursuing all of our options and continue to be vigorously committed to protecting our farms and families in Josephine County and throughout Oregon! The 9th GMO FREE ZONE in the US stands on hold, for now.
We’ll continue to post updates here as things develop. Thank you for continuing to support our efforts to protect our GMO-Free family farms and the health of our county!
Watch this website for updates.
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Oregonians for Safe Farms and Families (OSFF) is a non-profit organization working to support the restriction of GMO crops in Josephine County, Oregon in order to protect and promote safe farms and families.
Oregonians for Safe Farms and Families was founded in 2014, and has been instrumental in passing and supporting the GMO restriction in Josephine County. Located in Grants Pass, Oregonians for Safe Farms and Families is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization and along with its sister organization, GMO Free Josephine County, works tirelessly for the GMO Free community throughout the Rogue Valley.