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S. Oregon votes to ban genetically modified crops


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— What happens next in southern Oregon?

Those who grow genetically modified crops in Jackson or Josephine have a year to harvest or destroy them, according to the ballot measures. Those who ignore the bans face financial penalties.

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Observers and officials expect both bans to end up in court.

If judges hold up the GMO prohibition, it could drive Syngenta out of the Rogue Valley where it grows seed for sugar beets resistant to the weed killer Roundup. Syngenta did not return calls for comment.

Monsanto spokeswoman Charla Lord said, "We believe growers should be able to plant the seeds of their own choice, whether those seeds are conventional, organic or have biotech traits." But she added that Monsanto would not sell genetically modified seeds for planting in jurisdictions where their cultivation has been banned.




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