We don't know if the corn in this photo was genetically modified. We do know that Saturday, March 26, Oregon
will be among a dozen spots taking part in a nationwide protest against Monsanto
by people who want labeling of GMOs and factory-farmed animal products as well as independent, long-term studies done on the safety of GMOs.
The noon rally on March 26 in Salem outside the Capitol targets Monsanto,
the world’s largest
seed producer. In 2009, Monsanto sold more than $7.3 billion in gene licensing. In
the United States alone, 90 percent of soybeans and 80 percent of corn crops
are grown with Monsanto seeds. This virtual monopoly on seed production as well
as the company’s heavy investment in genetically modified crops has attracted
the ire of farmers and activists. Monsanto was recently in a court fight with Frank Morton, a Willamette Valley-based
organic seed producer. Morton and other plainiffs from around the country argued their organic sugar beets
could become contaminated by pollen from genetically modified Monsanto Roundup
Ready Sugar Beets. A federal judge ruled in their favor, banning farmers from planting Monsanto’s GMO
sugar beets, but that decision was later overturned by a federal appeals court.