CORPORATE MISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN DENIES RIGHTS PROTECTIONS FOR PEOPLE AND NATURE IN JOSEPHINE COUNTY
November 4, 2014
Audrey Moore, Freedom from Pesticides Alliance
Measure 17-63, also known as the Freedom from Pesticides Bill of Rights, would have secured the rights of the people of Josephine County to clean air, water, and soil, and the rights of nature to exist and flourish – while prohibiting the use of synthetic pesticides by government and corporations that require an applicator license as a violation of those rights.
“Though it didn’t pass, nearly 9,000 people in Josephine County stood up for the first time to protect their rights against toxic pesticides”, says Audrey Moore of the Freedom from Pesticides Alliance – backers of Measure 17-63. “Having to contend with a disingenuous ballot title and a corporate funded campaign of lies proved to be to much to combat this go around.”
The corporate opposition out spent the Freedom from Pesticides Alliance 8 to 1, including $30,000 from CropLife, a Washington D.C. industry front group for pesticides corporations. “The corporate opposition held all the cards, with funding and media outlets ignoring the truth while helping to instill fear and doubt which was all they needed to do and it worked.”, said Moore.
The Freedom from Pesticides Alliance will be meeting soon to decide its next step. “We feel like we actually won tonight because something big took place here, and not just for the good of Josephine County but for the whole state and even other parts of the country”, says Moore. “For 40 years now the state has protected the use of toxic pesticides against people and nature by corporations and government. This is but the first of many campaigns needed in order to put a stop to the chemical assaults taking place all across Oregon.”