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GMO ban makes ballot


A group seeking to ban the production of genetically engineered plants in Jackson County, Ore., has qualified for the May 2014 ballot, according to the county clerk's office.


Ballot Measure 15-119 bans growing of genetically engineered plants, with exemptions for scientific research.


The group, GMO-Free Jackson County, submitted 6,710 signatures on Jan. 2, according to County Clerk Chris Walker.


Under a statistical formula used to determine signature validity, 5,800 were valid, well above the 4,662 valid signatures needed to qualify.


The measure will carry the ballot title: "Ordinance to ban growing of some 'genetically engineered' (defined) plants."


--Mitch Lies



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