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Scott Bates is the director of GMO Free Oregon that is working hard with volunteers all over the state to put GMO related measures on the ballot this November at both the State and County levels.
State-wide, they are putting forth a measure requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified/genetically engineered ingredients.
At the county level they are drafting language to ensure farmers have the right to seed heritage and sustainable agriculture, and in doing so, stop the growth/cultivation of GMOs in the open environment.
WWGF News Co-Hosts
Pamm Larry, Label GMOs
Rachel Linden, GMO Free Arizona
Kathleen Hallal, Moms Across America
Zen Honeycutt, Moms Across America
Florence Vincent, I-522 Grassroots Volunteer Leader
Jack Olmsted, Seattle PI Reader Blog – Videoblogging 206
Time Stamp Questions:
1:06 Rachel Linden talks about GMO Free Arizona
3:37 Florence Vincent – reports from Bend, OR
4:48 Scott Bates – talks about GMO Free Oregon and the Nov. ballot initiative
9:22 Florence Vincent – organizing grassroots in Bend
10:41 Scott Bates – signature gathering
14:23 Kathleen Hallal – How will OR campaign be different from CA/WA to get over the 2% hump?
20:05 Zen Honeycutt – MAA calling PTA’s
25:37 Florence Vincent – Signature gathering in WA
27:07 Pamm Larry – Biggest supporters?
30:02 Pamm Larry – Staff organizers…eta when staffers will start working
32:01 Kathleen Hallal – Will the increase use of pesticides in farming be addressed in this campaign? – Hang on the framework of “Right To Know”, give reasons why people want to know.- environmental, health, patent issues.(not going to hang their hats on “right to know”) OR has a long history with pesticides – Google: Triangle Lake
36:28 Kathleen Hallal Why did you get involved in the GMO labeling issue?
40:31 Zen Honeycutt – We were all inspired by Pamm
40:49 Pamm Larry – thanks for listening to your inner self.
41:10 – Jack Olmsted – speaking tour, calender, etc? www.oregonrighttoknow.org re-brand, unified message up by the end of February. March/April will be big pushes for OR campaign, lots of events and tours
42:53 Kathleen Hallal – Can the No side hide their donors like the GMA did in WA? OR tried GMO labeling in 2002
44:44 Zen Honeycutt – No side will out spend Yes side with hidden funds?.
46:43 Rachel Linden – Educational tours?
47:23 Rachel Linden – Going beyond “Right To Know” – Steering Committee will spend $$ on bigger message (when the time comes)
49:16 Rachel Linden – Good speaker list