This ticks me off. Imagine if someone came on your land and forced you to spray a cancer causing a poison. This is a physical attack on the bodies of a free people for corporate profit and it must be met with a solid NO! Do what you can.
County officials want to spray a 2,000-acre certified organic farm in Oregon with Monsanto’s cancer-causing Roundup and other pesticides—and force the farm to pay for it!
Officials in Central Oregon’s Sherman County say they need to spray Azure Farms in order to eradicate “noxious weeds.” Owners of the farm (which has been USDA certified organic for 18 years) say if the county follows through with its plans, it could put the farm out of business.
DEADLINE MAY 17: Take action to stop Sherman County from spraying Azure Farms with Monsanto’s Roundup!
Fill in the form on this page to send a message to the Sherman County court, and then call Lauren, the court’s administrative assistant, at 541-565-3416. Azure Farms, located in Moro, Ore., is no small operation. Azure provides nearly all the organic wheat, field peas, barley, Einkorn and beef for Azure Standard, a major independent distributor of organic and non-GMO foods in the U.S.
The “noxious weeds” in question—Morning Glory, Canada Thistle and Whitetop—have co-existed with the farm’s organic crops for years, without causing problems for the farm or the lands around it, according to the farm’s owners. They say they have successfully managed the weeds using organic farming and weed-control practices. But Sherman County could issue a court order as early as Monday, May 22, to force the entire farm under quarantine while county officials douse the property in Roundup and other toxic herbicides.
The chemicals, which could be applied to an area one-and-a-half times the size of the city center of Philadelphia, may also affect the surrounding areas, causing unpredictable health and environmental effects.
To add insult to injury, the County has threatened to place a lien on the farm to guarantee payment to the County for the labor and chemicals. The order follows a change in the interpretation of a county code, from “controlling” noxious weeds to “eradicating them.”
Azure Farm’s owners say the County’s plan is flawed because it’s nearly impossible to completely eradicate the weeds—so all the County will succeed in doing is putting Azure Farm out of business. DEADLINE MAY 17: Take action to stop Sherman County from spraying Azure Farms with Monsanto’s Roundup! – See more at:
Sherman County may be issuing a Court Order on May 22, 2017, to quarantine Azure Farms and possibly to spray the whole farm with poisonous herbicides, contaminating them with Milestone, Escort and Roundup herbicides.
This will destroy all the efforts Azure Farms has made for years to produce the very cleanest and healthiest food humanly possible. About 2,000 organic acres would be impacted; that is about 2.8 times the size of the City of London, England, and 1.5 times the size of the city center of Philadelphia that could be sprayed with noxious, toxic, polluting herbicides.
The county would then put a lien on the farm to pay for the expense of the labor and chemicals used.
The nearby wheat farmers who spray Roundup and sell a pesticide laden product are complaining about encroaching weeds. Little do they know, it seems, that RoundUp reduces crop yields over several years and results in new RoundUp resistant weeds. They are playing a non-winning game at the expense of a more healthy sustainable way of farming.