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University Says County GMO Measure Could Impact Research

CORVALLIS, Ore. โ€” Oregon State University says a Benton County ballot measure that seeks to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops in the county could hurt university research projects.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports university officials fear the measure could impact a host of non-food university projects that use genetic engineering techniques or GMOs.

Projects include testing on transgenic mice to discover tumor-suppressing therapy or genetically engineering poplar trees to make them tolerant to herbicides or unable to cross-pollinate.

But backers of Measure 2-89, the Benton County Local Food System Ordinance, say the ordinance is limited to food crops. Its goal: to protect farmers from GMO contamination and keep corporations that sell GMO seeds from taking over the countyโ€™s agricultural base.

Voters will get a say on the measure on May 19.

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