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Stop SB 633: Oregon's NEW Monsanto Protection Act

Last month the Oregon Senate passed SB 633 - which is being called Oregon’s Monsanto Protection Act - and now Monsanto and biotech lobbyists are trying to pass it in the House. 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 and much, much more.

Known as a seed preemption bill, Oregon’s Monsanto Protection Act seeks to protect big biotech interests in Oregon. The region of the Rogue Valley in Jackson County, 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!

A vote is expected in the next 24 hours and we need your help. SB 633, will strip all local control of agricultural seed and seed production to be replaced with a “one size fits all” policy dictated by the state that will harm Oregon's farmers, your democratic rights and even the sales of Christmas trees.

Senator Roblan (D-Coos Bay) has even gone so far as to cite the Monsanto Protection Act, Section 735 of HR 933 as a justification for this latest corporate handout for the biotech chemical and seed companies. It's time to fight back!

Please make a call today to your state Representative to tell them to stop SB 633 - Oregon's new Monsanto Protection Act!

A copy of your letter of support will be delivered to Governor Kitzhaber, your Senators and Representatives.

Dear Governor Kitzhaber, Senators and Representatives of the Oregon Legislature,

As your constituent, I encourage you to stop SB 633 now being considered in the Oregon legislature. As a citizen of Oregon, I believe it’s important that you vote against SB 633, because citizens have a right to determine what happens in their own communities and a state preemption seed bill will harm Oregon’s family farmers and their economic livelihoods.

Please oppose SB 633 so counties can maintain control of our regional economic and agricultural future, the citizens of Oregon deserve a right to bring ballot measures in their counties to ban GMOs to protect the livelihood of farmers and the environment. SB 633 steals these rights to favor and give precedent to corporate interests.

Join thousands of mothers, farmers and advocates in helping Oregon lead the way in protecting vibrant, local agricultural economies.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

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