Rick North

Are GMO Foods Safe? A Personal Perspective

The author contends that scientific studies, especially significant animal research, showed harm from GMO foods.

This November, Oregonians will vote on a ballot initiative requiring labeling of genetically engineered (GE or GMO) foods. The campaign’s main message is that we have a right to know what’s in our food. I fully support the measure.

The Misguided Insistence on Certainty

The spin on the Precautionary Principle convinces the public that unless a product such as lead can be conclusively proven harmful, it should be allowed.

OPINION -- Let’s say a product has the possibility of being harmful to our health or environment. Which sentiment most closely matches yours?

“Product X has never been proven to be harmful. Therefore it SHOULD be allowed on the market.” 

Syngenta and Monsanto: Double Trouble for Jackson County

The author contends we’re at a defining moment and becoming victims of biotech recklessness in our own back yards and school yards.

OPINION -- Out-of-state biotech corporations and their allies have contributed $600,000 out of a total of more than $800,000 to fight Jackson County’s May 20 initiative to ban the growing of genetically engineered (GE or GMO) crops, an eye-popping amount for a small county election. Monsanto has given over $183,000, DuPont Pioneer nearly $130,000 and Syngenta $75,000. The Oregon Farm Bureau has donated over $50,000, much of which could be pass-through money, since it receives thousands of dollars from biotech firms.

Monsanto, Tobacco Companies Big Winners in Special Legislative Session

The Lund Report
The author doesn’t have much faith in the task force that’ll address the difficult issues created by GMOs because the health risks aren’t being analyzed.


OPINION – October 14, 2013 -- The state legislature’s special session is over, and the “Grand Bargain” has been struck. In terms of personal interest in the embattled package, I had more than a dog in this fight. I had an entire kennel.

For the Convenience of the Tobacco Companies

The Lund Report
It’s time the Obama Administration stood up to the promotion of cigarettes and stop caving into the industry.


OPINION -- September 4, 2013 -- Oregon holds the dubious distinction of ranking number one in the country for retailers illegally selling cigarettes to underage kids. Moreover, we have ranked number one three out of the past five years and ranked in the top five the other two years.

Portland’s Fluoridation Opponents Could Learn a Lot from Fairbanks

The Lund Report
The author cites a web site that shows which cities have stopped fluoridating their water since 1990

OPINION – November 20, 2012 -- Like it or not, fluoridation is all mixed up in politics. I don’t like it at all, but I don’t always get what I want, as evidenced by Stanford beating the Ducks last Saturday.

Fluoridation Referendum Leaves Decision in Voters' Hands

The Lund Report
While the signatures are still being counted, most analysts expect the fluoridation battle ultimately will be decided by Portland voters

OPINION – October 17, 2012 -- There is one main benefit of Clean Water Portland's successful signature-gathering campaign to qualify for a city-wide referendum vote on fluoridation: It allows time for citizens to make an informed decision.

The Battle over Portland’s Water

The Lund Report
Author concludes that there’s no consensus that fluoridation is safe for human health

OPINION – August 22, 2012 -- For months, there has been a behind-the-scenes, coordinated effort to fluoridate Portland’s water. It only came to light when the Oregonian broke the story August 10th that commissioner Randy Leonard was going to lead the effort. Since then, Nick Fish and Mayor Sam Adams have come out in favor of it, which points to at least a 3-2 vote in the Portland City Council to approve it. There have been reports a vote could be coming quickly, as early as the first or second week in September, but nothing is confirmed yet.

Junk Food Four Meals a Day – Yum!

The Lund Report
Now we’re being told by Taco Bell that everyone needs to start eating a fourth meal after dinner

OPINION – June 20, 2012 -- You may not know the Yum! Corporation, but you know its subsidiaries – Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC. These franchises also have a lifetime contract to serve Pepsi drinks at almost all their restaurants.


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