Azure Farms, which is currently an entirely organic farm, may soon be forcibly sprayed with Monsanto’s death spray known as Roundup. If the local county authority has their way, a court order could be implemented, which would force the small farm to go against their organic standards and poison their own crops.
Azure Standard is currently owned by Ecclesia of Sinai and operates a 2,000-acre Azure Farms which is near Moro, Oregon. According to the company, Sherman County authorities have changed their current laws from forcing farms to control weeds to forcing them to eradicate them. If this takes place, they could lose their organic certification which they have had for 18 years.
Furthermore, they state that the county may even do the spraying themselves and that they could put a lien on the farm to pay for the process.
After supposed complaints from outside farms stating that because of Azure they had experienced problems with weeds like Rush Skeleton Weed, Canada Thistle, Morning Glory and White Top, Sherman county issued a request to the farm to provide a ‘weed management plan.’ If the farm did not respond to the request, they were threatened with a quarantine.
Due to this, the manager of Azure Farms, Nathan Stelzer, along with various activist groups, have called for help. They are asking supporters to, “Overwhelm the Sherman County representatives with your voice.”
If the quarantine is allowed to pass, it would affect over 2,000 organic acres of farm land, causing them to be sprayed with toxic chemicals that are bad for the environment as well as the people consuming them. Furthermore, Azure Farms could be seized. If you are a firm supported or organic farming an believe that the local authorities should leave them alone, please reach out to Sherman county. You can do so by contacting Lauren at 541-565-3416, or via email at [email protected]