Genetically-altered crop ban on S. Ore. ballot

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 10 at 10:22 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- A measure to ban genetically modified crops in Jackson County in Southern Oregon has qualified for the ballot in 2014.

County officials confirmed Wednesday that petitions seeking the vote had enough valid signatures -- 4,662 were required. The Medford Mail Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/SmmoDi) that means the measure goes to a vote in the May primary election in 2014.

The measure would ban anyone from raising genetically engineered plants in Jackson County, with exemptions for scientific research.

It also calls for the county to conduct inspections and allows enforcement through citizen lawsuits.

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