The Willamette Valley is the heart of Oregonʼs lucrative specialty seed, fresh market vegetable, clover, and organic industries. It is recognized for having unique a climate and the perfect conditions which have allowed these industries to thrive. The Willamette Valley should be preserved and protected for these special purposes from the pest, weed and cross-contamination risks from canola.
Allowing canola production in the Willamette Valley protected district would undermine this world-renowned resource, and the Valley’s economically important vegetable seed production industry, and large network of vegetable growers as well as our local food supply.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture made a major mistake by abruptly changing the rules to open up significant portions of the Willamette Valley to canola earlier this year, abandoning its long-standing and science-backed protections that prevented canola from contaminating the Willamette Valley, while acknowledging that canola production has destroyed other areas that once grew vegetable seed.
Canola can be, and is, grown in most of the rest of Oregon. Let’s keep it that way.
By signing this petition, you are asking your Oregon State Legislators to support HB 2427 and restore protections from canola to our one-of-a-kind Willamette Valley.