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A View from 2050 and artwork from “Bridges to 2050”



HAPPY 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UPWARD SPIRAL!!! It is a great honor to illustrate and review the history of our success. From a bleak outlook in 2015, the efforts of many groups and individuals reversed a society in decline and pulled a world in peril from the brink. It began slowly as skeptics finally embraced the reality of climate change and the finite nature of the world. Two centuries of resource exploitation and misunderstood concepts had created untenable situations on Earth.

In the 20th century societies had been misguided by “scientific determinations” based on lucrative economic outcomes instead of facts. Misconstrued philosophies like human dominion” or Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” had removed people’s understanding of their vulnerability. As they acquired the view that survival is really based on the ability to adapt, people stopped purchasing the products of biotech, chemical and fossil fuel companies and selected safer alternatives.

Due to the massive economic retraction between 2015 and 2020 caused by the excessive planet-wide debt and financial Ponzi schemes, where governments and corporations moved around a finite pool of actual cash, jobs disappeared. People had to count on local sources and community solutions. As demand for fossil fuel lessened and costs of maintaining city services remained unchanged, local leaders engaged creative types and experienced farmers and land stewards to implement food, energy and resource saving systems that had previously been held in distain or labeled old-fashioned, impractical or “tin hat”.

Back when the El Nino of 2016 was publicized as a solution to drought on the West Coast, wise City Councils and County Commissions along with regional farmers, banks, investors and citizens geared up to build water cisterns and new reservoirs in order to prepare for the next drought cycle. 0% interest loans for property owners to install water catchment, grey water systems and re-roofing and paving for solar energy and creation of new, small watersheds were made available from a Real Deal Federal Program. Rural areas re-configured their irrigation districts to capture and use riparian water and run off in a separate system, so drinking water could be reserved for cooking, bathing and hygienic purposes and outdoor water was available for gardening, farming, firefighting, washing cars, etc.

This success led to exploration of how other wasteful systems could be converted to more conservative use. Waste management was re-organized to keep all reusable materials out of the landfill. Instead of the Mafia—owned companies collecting garbage and green bin contents for profitable sales, citizens were granted incentives which reduced their utility bills when they contributed their discarded items to local soil building and bio~energy plants. Funds for the new systems were created by bond sales and private investors in partnership with banks, credit unions, non-profits and government entities.

Other important innovations and technologies, as well as renewed interest in ancient systems and solutions were embraced as consumers untied themselves from the stranglehold of fossil fuel. ”Soil Not Oil”, a program championed in California for mitigating climate change by sequestering carbon in the soil, became a standard for sustainable farming and gardening. Consumer—based “Local Organic Food” partnered in driving this effort as people “voted with their wallets” which diminished the purchasing, and therefore the profitability, of junk food and junk products.

The organic materials that had previously been sprayed with toxic herbicides by ODOT, the railroads, industrial farms and County maintenance crews, became a rich source for creating better soils, biomass, building materials and energy. Clean burning alcohol fuels made from organic and conversion of vehicles to use it became the standard, as it was in the days of Ford’s Model A and Model T. Midwestern fields and wetlands dedicated to growing GMO corn for ethanol became unnecessary and unpopular. Recovery of habitats and healing ecosystems brought new careers provided by the revival of the C.E.T.A. program (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) which had significant success in ending the deep recessions of the 1970s.

Weeds and wood remains from responsible forest fire prevention programs were made profitable with new 3-D Cellulose printers, an innovation of the early let century which made it possible to create biodegradable items stronger than materials like plastics, wood or steel. This recognition of profits and job creation from transitioning to better systems gave a chance for many citizens to become stakeholders in the economy again. Instead of letting our great forests burn, home heating with super—efficient wood burning Kachelofens and similar systems were installed in homes and businesses to use small trees taken from the forest undergrowth to reduce the conflagrations of mature trees and canopy destruction.

Many of the needed changes were in the transportation, energy and waste management sectors. A State and National program for the homeless, home—free and jobless, known as the Creative Re-use Depot Initiative (C.R.U.D.I.) was funded similar to the international Woofer program for traveling farm laborers and students. Every interstate rest stop became a work and shelter center where those desiring this lifestyle could be housed, given a wage~paying job and gain skills. Workers could stay at one site, or travel easily to others. The massive high speed train systems built on the divider sections of existing freeways meant everyone could affordably travel without cars for long or short distances.

Previous excesses, ridiculous “conveniences” and luxury were finally viewed as the empty and unfulfilling remnants of 20th century grandiosity and entitlement. People reclaimed a value system where friends, family, health, safe food, water and air and community were most important. Thus the demand for “things” lessened and the value and utility of necessary items and the love or kind regard of fellow beings were appreciated once again. Happiness and friendship gained favor along with other intrinsic and worthy intangibles.

Kids experienced nature again and felt safe outside as air, soil and water were cleansed and “stranger danger” retreated along with obsessive focus on internet porn, violent imagery on TV, in films and music and other hollow, vicarious and demoralizing entertainments. The retention of the US. Postal Service, rebuilding of strong public schools and access to relaxing recreational areas and free public parks all improved quality of life, security and appreciation of beauty and respect for the natural world. The importance of slowing the 6th Extinction by protecting all life and reversing years of damage and neglect to other sentient beings became a primary goal across the planet.

Frequent power outages as America transitioned to sustainable fuel systems in the 2020s gave the offspring of the Millennials the title of “The Unplugged Generation”. Their parents and Generation X had to relearn concepts like elbow grease, worth your salt and shoulder to the wheel. Lack of lights, heat and other power sources became so common that people came to enjoy and expect them. A new tradition of “Amish Hours” became popular as a time between dinner and bedtime that stories were told by candlelight and visiting happened in person without cars, televisions, computers, and cell phones running.

Families and neighbors established private and community gardens which took pressure off and removed much demand for food imports. Food Forests became welcome havens of shady, urban gathering places and supplemented the availability of fresh local produce. The specter of GMO and RNA manipulations and intellectual property patents were removed from doing further damage as scientists and spiritual leaders determined dangerous species barriers had been crossed and ecological, economic and ethical violations had occurred.

Climate Change put significant pressure on local governments during the decade following the cascading, damaging effects of fires, floods and extreme weather remembered from 2017, a pivotal year. As oceans encroached on many of American cities, businesses whose previous focus was locating and dredging oil realized there was more demand and dire necessity for dredging sand off-shore in order to mitigate erosive storm surges.

With plenty of sand available, intelligent entrepreneurs built factories for making glass and affordably revamped the entire container industry by substituting standardized glass containers for everything that used to be packaged in odd-sized and toxic plastics. Simpler recycling and delivery systems based on early exploration of “generics” in the 1980s meant the indulgent array of dozens of products offering basically the same thing shrank to a few favorites that could be purchased by weight in customers’ refillable glass and cellulose containers. Plastic production was drastically reduced and ocean gyres of dumped plastic were cleaned up more easily as accumulation of plastic flotsam decreased.

The culture of celebrity, glitter and plastic surgery of the late 20th and early 21st century gave way to a huge reality check as social backlash made Selfies and Dynastic Leaders unpopular. The cast-offs of society, particularly older people, regained recognition and usefulness through a State—directed “Boomer Corp” program as the front line of affordable physical and mental health care. Capable elders were paid a stipend to offer listening ears, helping hands, experience, comfort and relief to addicts, the homeless, the disabled and lost citizens and keep them from falling in the previous deep pools of social and criminal crises. This elder workforce made affordable health care for all a permanent, sustainable reality.

Granges, women’s and men’s groups and other activist organizations reversed agricultural policies and practices of the previous half century which had been put in place by corporations and the seductive power of dollars. Our nation reclaimed common sense and its first priority – the health and safety of all its citizens, not wealth creation for a tiny privileged minority. Its economic mainstay is again recognized as agriculture, delivering nutritious, safe foods to its population, and clean water without damaging the soil, water and air. To become a good partner in world affairs again, things here at home were put in order. By advocating practical solutions and reclaiming the physical and moral high ground, grassroots Americans helped make the Upward Spiral possible.

Here in the year 2050 we find ourselves in a peaceful world where fears are fading, skies are clearing and progress is not based on profits or the myth that rampant growth is the only path. We’ve matured from our “teenage indulgences” and settled into maturity where climate change, war and lack caused by selfishness or ignorance are being replaced by actions based on the knowledge that the consequence of greed is ugliness and despair.

All crime is theft and when privileged humans steal from weaker beings and nature, taking more than their share, the results are devastation, depravity, and depression. A new American View and lifestyle now flourishes as symbolized in our acronym “C.A.R.E” – “Conservation, Adventure, Re-enchantment and Education”. Today we celebrate the contributions and sacrifices that citizens have made to this better reality. Our export of C.A.R.E. qualities has diminished our aggression into world affairs and made America once again a shining hope in the world. Happy 2050! Upward Spiral for All! !!

Catie Faryl
November 2017

Bridges to 2050

Catie Faryl’s art exhibit, “Bridges to 2050” departs from frustration and gloom by offering optimistic portrayals of common sense solutions and hopeful information on better outcomes for people, planet and all sentient beings. With thought-provoking pictures of where we are and new paths open to us, West Coast Artist Catie Faryl gives inspiration for social, economic, political and environmental justice and shares old and new solutions, technologies and ideas to rebalance our relationships to the land and all living creations. Her paintings and writings offer insight into some choices and decisions ahead and contemplate ways we can move in an upward spiral through better stories, community effort and systems both ancient and visionary, for a sustainable future.

Humans Be Still! Make room and care for all elements and sentient’ beings

Key Word Searches:
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) Famous for the idea of the Reverence of Life
Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) neo-futuristic architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor
Antonio (Saudi 1852-1926) Famous for his study of nature applied to architecture

Frankenstein’s Cat by Emily Anthes
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
The Ecology of Eden by Evan Eisenberg

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Center for Biological Diversity
World’s fragmented forests are deteriorating
American Museum of Natural History Extreme Extinction
Globalization— the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Extinction of Fruits and Vegetables in 80 Years
The Charter of the Forest
Amphibian Ark: Frightening Statistics
Collapsible woven refugee shelters powered by the sun
Human Population: How Does It Compare To Other Species?
The Most Ancient and Magnificent Tress From Around The World


Diminish the gorilla of fossil fuel, expand the human heart

Key Word Search:
The Venus Project
Charles Einstein

Art as Medicine by Sharin McNiff
Lost Lore: A celebration of traditional wisdom by Editors of Chambers
The Human impact on the Natural Environment: Past, Present, and Future
Geo-Engineering Climate Change: Environmental Necessity or Pandora’s Box? by J.Michael Thompson

Climate change brings world closer to ‘doomsday’, say scientists
Beautiful Photos Of Tiny Humans Lost In The Majesty Of Nature
Pesticides Kill Us
Pachamama Alliance
Beyond Toxics
Scientists: Human activity has pushed Earth beyond 4 of 9 ‘planetary boundaries’
Clean Energy Breakthrough: Scientists Extract Hydrogen Gas From Plants
Historic thaw in Antarctica may have major effect on coastal cities

Carry the torch of new and ancient solutions

Key Word Searches:
Cellulose 3—D printing
Geothermal energy is renewable
Quantum and magnetic energy

A People’s History of America by Howard Zinn
The Great Work: Our Way into the Future by Thomas Berry
The Universe is a Green Dragon by Brian Swimme


Clean Energy Breakthrough: Scientists Extract Hydrogen Gas From Plants
Ancient Technology
Climate change brings world closer to ‘doomsday’, say scientists
Latest Science Inventions
Watch mini Eiffel Tower emerge from goo
New Energy Inventions News Articles
Solutions to the World Energy Crisis
LENR Cold Fusion
NASA Technology Gateway
Biofuel created by explosive technology
Wind turbine creates water from thin air
This machine makes drinking water from thin air
The 10 inventions of Nikola Tesla that changed the world
MSV Explorer amphibious vehicle promises perpetual motion
San Francisco area drivers 1st with algae biofuel


Conserve and respect our Mother

Key Word Search:
Water Wise Project
Watershed Sentinel

The Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
The Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA by E.G. Vallianatos
Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

Restoration of Ancient Agricultural Technologies to the Negev
Ocean Life Threatened With Mass Extinction, New Study Says
Playground roundabouts are being used in South Africa to solve water supply problems in rural villages
Never Thought A Billboard Could Be Used This Way!
Fog Catchers Bring Water to Parched Villages


2015 – Awareness increases in America and the world that “business as usual” will not be possible in the future

2017 – Recognition that Climate Change is real and that current National leadership is unwilling or unable to address it. The rise of local group, mayors and governors starts filling the void.

2018-2020 – Economic setbacks caused by multiple, massive floods, fires and other disasters continue. Cook stoves and all vehicles are converted to run on clean-burning alcohol fuels made from organic farm waste and materials (with systems like those developed by Blume Distillation in Watsonville,CA)

2021 – Congress with a new president find the BoomerCorp program, and are able to provide “Health Care for All” with a strong, forwarding thinking group of senior citizens who drastically reduce health care costs via prevention and intervention. Toxic products, plastics and other carcinogens are banned and removed from the environment.

2022 – Congress finds the C.E.T.A. Program, adding thousands of people to bring new ideas and innovate to governments and businesses and help their implementation, as climate consequences and other factors further aggravate the safety and livelihoods of citizens.

2025 – Fire and flood management are given top priority. GMO Trees are banned. Jobs are created to do the physical labor of thinning small trees and undergrowth in forests, as well as weed abatement and weed harvesting for biofuels which eliminated the use of toxic sprays.

2027 – Revamping of the entire waste management system via Creative Reuse Depots where “trash” is made profitable by a new work force of traveling, trained people who make it into energy, non toxic fertilizers, soil building products.

2028 – Fracking and export of domestic oil to foreign entities is made illegal. All domestic energy from fossil fuel and GMO are deemed usable only as “bridge energy sources” for new sustainable/renewable energy sources until 2030, becoming illegal for any use on January 1, 2030.

2031 – With the sunset date for fossil fuel extraction and use in sight, a total retrench of the packaging and delivery systems was begun. Sand from dredging to mitigate climate change storm surges is a source for glass factories to spring up on both coasts. Local food and local products are favored and those requiring long transport routes are scorned. It becomes socially unacceptable to buy from far away. The national trucking of goods decreases as local sourcing and public sentiment against long distance “imports” increased.

2031-2034 – New drought concerns and rising sea water force tax dollars be spent to revamp the entire water catchment, treatment and distribution systems. Water catchment, grey water, more reservoirs and elimination of water-wasting plumbing in every structure proceeds. Rivers, streams, lakes and sources are used more efficiently for outdoor uses.

2035-2050 –  American society, seeing the errors made in the last century become interested in values, ethics and education. Postal codes are used to determine what can be legally sold or consumed, so illicit and dangerous items of all kinds are greatly curtailed. The world is recovering from a scary period where our excesses compromised our common sense and our environment. People grow closer together realizing that there is real no other or better way to live than within our means. Reclaiming the commons, all that we share, respect and care for all sentient beings and our natural world is more fulfilling than the treadmill/cancer of endless and unsustainable “growth” — which is actually only resource exploitation, extraction and stealing from the future of the coming generations.

Catie Faryl
November 2017, presented at the Bridges to 2050 and “A View from 2050″

Bridges to 2020 (video)

As a member of the Art Presence Art Center, I had the opportunity to show my collection of monotypes and paintings, Bridges to 2020, at the Medford Library. The show has been held over through the end of July 2015! Below is a video with my comments on the paintings. I’ll post an edited version soon but wanted to get this one out there for people to see. I hope you will find it inspiring, and will come to the Medford Library to see the collection in person before the end of the month!


January 17, 2014 Opinion/Editorial: GMOs are Immoral and Ill-Advised

The whole system that allows private corporations to genetically modify seeds, to own them as “intellectual property” and have eliminated the requirement that their products be studied by regulatory agencies is SHOCKING, DANGEROUS and IMMORAL. I believe this overreach of GMO companies is not based on true science since patents were approved by insiders’ agreement based on the idea of “substantial equivalents”, not on testing or independent review. These actions can be interpreted as “playing God” and deeper study and investigation is essential. In addition to voting Yes on Measure 15-119 in May, I believe citizens might seek a “cease and desist” order, an injunction or a “moratorium” on GMO seeds – no more growing, no new patents, no more products until consumers and those monitoring the legality, morality, health, and environmental repercussions of GMOs, sprays, chemicals and questionable toxic soup involved in their “recipe” are proven safe, prudent and sound.. The precautionary principle applies – DO NO HARM!

In addition, the distinctions between medical engineering of individual human genes and what is being done to our seeds and food need to be made clear. Highly regulated medical genetics are not the same thing as the numerous safety threats presented by worldwide and substantially unregulated methods involving trans-species genetic modifications – ie. cutting and splicing microbial, plant virus, and antibiotic resistant genes genes into seeds that grow foods, as well as creating pest-resistant genetics systems that people, pets and livestock are ingesting/eating. It is unfair and untrue when GMO profiteers compare GMO seeds and food to medical genetics, and use that erroneous idea to perpetuate the myths that “GMOs are safe and “no big deal”. In medical applications of genetic engineering, genes are contained within a single human to solve one, often life threatening, genetic problem. The gene is typically a “normal” human gene, not genes from a foreign microbial species as is done with our food.

What Syngenta, Monsanto and the Chem/Ag industry have done is create a MONOPOLY on seeds by modifying and “owning approximately 80%* of the world’s seeds. They have created a danger to the economy as well as risking the future of open pollinated, natural seeds. Their actions have placed a very real potential of limited or widespread famine on the horizon because there is a GMO universal monoculture with very limited genetic diversity. If a serious plant disease comes, then all the crops will likely be susceptible. Based on one fact alone -that huge numbers of farmers can no long save and replant their own seeds – it seems frighteningly likely that the GMO/Chemical agricultural system could collapse in a very short period of time.

If you are questioning the moral, ethical or spiritual integrity of GMOs, please join a Chamber of Commons discussion group to brainstorm the best ways to address the issues and how to talk about and approach “what God/ Goddess/ Mother Nature/ Higher Consciousness intends”. This is a delicate subject so a careful handling is in order and can be managed most thoughtfully with all those who want to explore it. Members of the spiritual, ecumenical, theological, philosophical, and psychological communities, and all those concerned, are invited to send comments to and be included in an upcoming discussion salon on this topic.

Catie Faryl Chamber of Commons, P.O. Box 33, Ashland, Oregon , champions of the commons on Facebook

*seed patents – a 2012 report states nearly 75% of global seed patent ownership by just 10 corporations (lead by Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont), up from just 37% in 1995.

The vegetable seed market concentration is higher, with the top 4 companies controlling over 70% of global market in 2007 and the top 8 firms controlling 94%, again led by the 3 above.

Source: A profile of corporate power in seeds, agrochemicals and Biotech, Hope Shand, 2012.



State of Jefferson (which is roughly delineated by Redding to the south, Roseburg to the north, the eastern California and Oregon borders to the east, and the Pacific Ocean of Northern California and Southern Oregon to the west) makes more sense now than any other time in the past.

Because our region has the remaining untouched and protected Old Growth Forests, vast watershed, huge resource reserves, gold mining and other features that need to be stewarded for the good of our Country, it seems the very best place to incubate a new economy and new beliefs and hopes for economic revival that works in concert with and with respect for Nature and natural systems.

As Washington D.C. is the location for politics and government, our region, South Jefferson, would become the center for stewardship of natural resources with focus on creating jobs that are in concert with nature and projects that reclaim the commons and  prevent further exploitation and waste of America’s natural resources.  Counties in Northern California, in particular Del Norte and Siskiyou, are well ahead of us in petitioning County Commissioners to consider a secession movement.  In South Jefferson, a District of “Common Sense” seems a practical approach, whether that is simply declared as a working concept and method of raising awareness in Salem of the issues in rural Southern Oregon, or as a real movement to make it so,  Jefferson, D.C. has a responsibility to our citizens to advocate for stewardship and reasonable preservation of community rights, property rights and creation of jobs that protect our region, care for our farms and forests and embrace Jefferson, D.C. as a beacon of hope and new leadership to secure a good future for America.





GMOs and the unscientific “Substantial Equivalents” policy

Dear Brian,
Thank you for directing attention to the “Substantial Equivalent” policy matter.  To me, it is at the crux of the problems.  It is so ironic to have GMO proponents continually dog our efforts to de-escalate from the dangerous Chem/Ag/GMOs cycle and systems by making demands for our “science” on why we think things need to change.  These multi-national corporations, who were granted the ability to own genetic material, have made sure few unbiased studies can be completed AND their real position is “we managed to convince policy makers over two decades ago that our products were safe simply by “calling it good” – ie Substantial Equivalents.
Yesterday I got some printmaking studio time and did a painting of that title “Substantial Equivalents”.  It visually conjectures the issue using an ear of natural corn and an ear of gmo corn along side a picture of a woman standing next to a blow-up doll!  This is what I think about their “substantial equivalents” !!!!   It is crude but true – a blow up doll is not a woman, and gmo foods are not whole, natural foods!  The slogan “GMO: Goddess Mightily Offended” can be taken as a warning that many people see through the rhetoric and lies of the GMO food industry and those who shop, cook and prepare foods are seeking products that are untainted and free of disturbing questions about their nutritional value, their contribution to environmental degradation, and their long term health effects, especially for the region’s and planet’s children.  We who oppose GMO and its ilk are gearing up to play hardball – no more Ms. Nice Guy!  For too long we have suffered the scientific speculation and misrepresentations, as history has proven what “science” tells us is “safe”  ten or twenty years later is discovered to be patently untrue! (X-Rays, DDT, smoking, etc). The most compelling arguments for banning gmos are in how far across the line “science” has gone to achieve uniformity, monoculture, power and profit through unnatural and unloving means.  Our natural seeds and systems are a better future and can feed the world just fine, given the generosity to work out political and distribution issues and move forward in peace without intervention from aggressive, corporate and governmental forces bent on “playing God”.
The comments and responses to your article are all focusing on the arguments and details of the “science”. My hope is that left-brainers will put on their collective intellectual thinking caps and get down to the LEGALITY, HUMANITY, MORALITY AND INTEGRITY of these issues.  The real argument should be “how do to we reverse the “substantial equivalent” platform?  It is surprising to me that anti-trust and class action suits have not been launched at undoing this pernicious and nonsensical standard.  As the world hurtles forward on this very weak and bad premise of accelerating the production of trans-species food and seed modification, and further pollutes the planet with the toxic soup of chemicals to foster a system inferior to what nature has already evolved for us, I see human folly of the highest order with devastating future consequences.
When people of good sense finally open their eyes to the tragedy of gmo and all that it represents, I hope it is not too late.  You ask great and powerful questions about the absence of outcry from the farming and food industries here in Southern Oregon.
The March against Monsanto in Medford organizing group, Families for Food Freedom, and the Chamber of Commons will be working hard to get the information out and catalyze action on May 25th (March gathering at 11 am at Vogel Plaza, Central Ave. and West Main in Medford, Oregon).  Also since GMO Free Jackson County has a list of 400 food-related supporters, perhaps its time to send them a detailed overview of exactly how bad GMO is.  Your compilation video of key points from over two dozen documentaries is filled with compelling and well-documented information.  Can copies of that be sent out or posted on line so viewers can get the intense version offered in a manageable crash course in the dangers and documented downside to health, environment and the economy that your work provided to those working on defeating GMOs in our region?
Catie Faryl
Chamber of Commons and championsofthecommons  on facebook
(541) 535-1854
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BrianComnes Let’s put it this way , isn’t the science that really counts the one that is in control of the release of GMOs into the market place? That is what controls what we grow and eat. All the rest is mere quibbling and strutting by advocates of either “side”.  So can ANYBODY explain to me the science that underscores the current doctrine that governs the release of GMO food in the U.S.  known as substantial equivalence (SE)?  Go ahead, convince me..make me less skeptical. The policy of substantial equivalence  is merely a  trade and commerce policy from 1992 from the OECD, an international  trade association. It was promulgated by then VP Dan Quayle and made USDA/FDA policy by none other than Mike Taylor (a revolving door Monsanto exec who is still with us today) and its sole motivation was to “reduce regulations” or provide “regulatory relief” and get US biotech products to market quicker.  Scientists within FDA and USDA at the time put up a stink, but they were ignored by the Monsanto folks who had captured the agency at a policy level.. As a result the USDA set up policies that only producer-funded short term studies were required and if Monsanto says it safe, then it safe because it is substantially equivalent. – some science there    (Hey a healthy cow and one with BSE-mad cow are substantially equivalent, are they both safe?)
Now combine that policy with the fact that GMOs are proprietary trade secrets and independent scientists can not get access to the materials or only with censoring nondisclosure restrictions.  What that leads to is perverted science because there are no independent verifiable studies of which PG  Economics or other PR firms are shining examples .”For a decade,” protested Scientific American editors in 2009, GMO companies “have explicitly forbidden the use of the seeds for any independent research,” so “it is impossible to verify that  genetically modified crops perform as advertised.”
As for the pesticide usage data, WSU’s Benbrook 20 year study,  recently updated, pretty much put to bed the earlier Barfoot/Brooks (PG Economics) study which people like the Farm Bureau insist “proves” their point of view.
And finally are over 110 farms in the Rogue Valley so clueless about their own future that they would sign a written statement supporting a GMO crop ban? Seems unlikely. How many GMO growers are there here? All I meet are Farm Bureau lobbyists and one guy who grows some GMO corn in JOSPEHINE County. And those 300 restaurants, businesses  and organizations including three Granges, are they clueless too?

collecting data on impact of more gmos in oregon

A subcommittee of GMO Free Jackson and Josephine Counties are working on compiling a list of organic organizations and businesses across the State of Oregon in order to help Representative Peter Buckley work with legislators on upcoming House Bills that can either positively or negatively impact Oregon’s “green brand”.  If you received this email bcc I already have your contact info but would appreciate you forwarding this to others who may be in other Oregon counties, or if there is something you think I might not have, please call me at (541) 535-1854 or send me an email at  Also please check the two sites below and see if you’ve been included.  This data can also be important when in organizing to defeat GMOs on a national level.
Here’s a good reference source, though rather incomplete for Jackson County.  At least it is organized by State, so legislators should be able to get an idea of at least part of what is happening in each Oregon County. If your business isn’t listed, please consider adding it on their site.       Please check this website and if your business is not on their considering entering it.   I posted it on Champions of the Commons facebook page, since I am having difficulty getting shared posts to get on the general GMO Free Jackson County facebook page.  I posted it also on the GMO Free closed group, but many can not get on there.   Another site, which has National listings, that Gary Fowler found is  This seems quite comprehensive, and gives farms, csa’s, markets, ranchers, and more categories to find by zip code.  There is even a search feature for beekeepers and other organic products.
Do anyone have an opinion about including biofuels and other value added products that are not food? What about health and healing businesses? what about home gardeners and seed savers?


REFRAMING THE GMO ISSUE: The task ahead is to correctly REFRAME the issue by pointing out that up until the use of DDT and other fossil fuel directives following WWII, all food was “organic”. The word “organic” has allowed the ‘powers that be’ to put those doing correct agriculture with time-tested, planet friendly methods on the defense. We have had to defend what actually is the healthy and natural growing systems that pre-existed for millennia prior to the advent of multi-national corporations selling a mix of chemical products and questionable promotions to farmers in America. Now we have come to a place in time where this truth must be told. They may have more money and a “well-oiled machine” but the Truth is more powerful. So let’s start reminding people that it wasn’t long ago when all food was NATURAL which is exactly what we need to return to. A transition time back to whole systems would eventually mean that the cost of food would come down as healthy and natural will again be the STANDARD. GMO and CHEM/AG is the aberration and that must be exposed.