Update!

Support Local Food Rights (SLFR) just received word that Judge Charles Carlson overturned the Lane County Clerk’s October, 2013 determination that the Local Food System Ordinance of Lane County met all the procedural requirements for initiatives. The decision came despite cooperation between the initiative proponents, Support Local Food Rights, and the County to ensure that the initiative did comply. Today’s decision comes in the face of a recent judicial finding that a very similar Benton County initiative met the procedural requirements.

To be clear: This does not stop the petition initiative from being circulated but merely means adjustments will need to be made before the ordinance can be resubmitted for review. In fact, the judge said this in his decision, “The Court recognizes that the proposed measure [Local Food System Ordinance of Lane County] raises issues that are very important to a considerable number of Lane County citizens and may be subject to a future submission.”

Support Local Food Rights expects to refile the Local Food System Ordinance within a month.

SLFRs Chief Petitioner, Lynn Bowers, explains, “Today’s decision changes nothing. The Local Food System Ordinance of Lane County seeks to protect residents’ right to local farm and food systems, seed heritage and the rights of natural communities. It would to do so by prohibiting unsustainable corporate practices – like GMO’s and seed patents – from violating those rights within Lane County.

What we are talking about here is our right to self-government. Being slightly delayed doesn’t really mean much when it comes to the long-term work involved in challenging the corporate privilege and state preemption being used to take away our right to a healthy, economically vibrant local food system.

The Local Food System Ordinance of Lane County seeks to protect residents’ right to local farm and food systems, seed heritage and the rights of natural communities. It would to do so by prohibiting unsustainable corporate practices – like GMOs and seed patents – from violating those rights within Lane County.