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Current Status of the Campaign For Safe Food
Oregon PSR’s Campaign For Safe Food is currently not staffed.
However, the following services are still available:
Services can be obtained by contacting the Oregon PSR office at 812 SW Washington Street, Suite 1050, Portland, OR 97205, calling 503-274-2720 or sending a quick email
History and Accomplishments
The Campaign For Safe Food (CSF) officially started October 1, 2003 with this mission statement: Work for the establishment of agriculture and a food supply in Oregon that does not use genetically modified organisms.
Rick North was the founder of the program and retired as CSF project director January 31st, 2011. Martin Donohoe, MD, was CSF’s chief scientific advisor for its duration.
For over seven years, staff and volunteers spent thousands of hours studying the science, history and politics of genetically engineered (GE) foods. Based on that research, they were convinced GE foods have not been demonstrated safe for human health and the environment, and have made this stance known directly to the public, government and corporate sector.
GE food is an enormous issue and CSF became a reliable source of information on all aspects of it. So as not to be spread too thin, the program focused its efforts on two main problems – biopharmaceutical crops and recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST). In 2009, the industrial meat system was added as a third major focus area.
These are some of the major accomplishments:
1. Equal authority for the Oregon Health Division to review biopharm planting along with the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture
2. Opportunity for a public information meeting on a proposed biopharm planting in the county of the proposed planting and a public comment period of 30 days
3. Requirement of the biopharm company to pay all costs of any remedial action required
4. Requirement of the biopharm company to pay costs of increased monitoring of Oregon officials
Fred Meyer (fluid milk only)
Market of Choice
Oregon Ice Cream
Safeway (fluid milk only)
American Nurses Association
American Public Health Association
Health Care Without Harm
Industrial Meat System
None of this would have been possible without the financial and citizen activism support of so many Oregon PSR members and individuals, businesses and organizations that believed in our efforts. Thank you to everyone who played such a major role in our success.
For links to the Campaign for Safe Foods coalition partners, please go here.
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