Medford, Ore — According to the anti-GMO group, Our Family Farms, a federal judge has upheld an ordinance that banned cultivating and growing genetically modified crops in Jackson County.
The ruling is a big win for supporters of the ban after a lawsuit was filed against the county by two GMO-alfalfa farmers. The farmers argued the ordinance violated the Oregon “Right to Farm” Act.
Supporters of the ban say this could set a precedent for similar cases throughout the country in the future.
Judge Mark Clark wrote that the County’s ban was allowed under Oregon’s Right to Farm Act since it was intended to – protect against damage to commercial agriculture products, and therefore it falls into the exception to the Right to Farm Act.