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Lane County Clerk and Judge Act As Gatekeepers of People’s Right to the Initiative Process


Contact information:
Rob Dickinson – (541) 543-5735
Ann Kneeland, Esq. – (541) 514-9720
Support Local Food Rights
Phone: (541) 272-6234


On October 6, Lane County Circuit Court Judge Charles Carlson issued a decision upholding County Clerk Cheryl Betschart’s determination that the Local Food System Ordinance of Lane County failed to meet pre-election requirements. The decision is a victory for the corporations that profit from GMO agriculture in Lane County and for GMO farmer John Reerslev, who intervened in the matter. It is a setback for local farmers, food-related businesses and residents alike who are personally and economically invested in local agricultural products – both organic and conventional. However, initiative supporters are undeterred; they are already planning next steps for their efforts to protect the Lane County local food system.