“We need to be creative in our plan to combat climate change and incentivizing farmers to use sustainable carbon-sequestering farming practices would be a great step in the right direction.”
That’s just one of the thoughtful answers Dr. Witt gave in response to Our Family Farms’ candidate survey. Here are her complete answers:
1. Oregon is renowned for its world-class seed producing climate. How much do you value GE-free agricultural zones in Oregon?
2. Do you believe that the companies behind genetically engineered seeds, not the farmers who plant them, should be held accountable for GE contamination events that adversely affect non-GE crops grown nearby?
4. Do you think that local communities should have the right to choose if GE crops are grown in their region?
I do. We need to be creative in our plan to combat climate change and incentivizing farmers to using sustainable carbon-sequestering farming practices would be a great step in the right direction.
About Dr. Lanita Witt
Dr. Witt practiced medicine from 1976 until she retired in 2016. Thirty-three years ago, she started a side-career when she and her family bought 445 acres of forested land in Jackson County that became Willow-Witt Ranch. Goats are the basis of the dairy operation; they also produce eggs, meats, and vegetables that they market locally. The small farm is part of the Southern Oregon tourism industry with overnight farm stay accommodations. They are proud of the forest management practices and wetland restoration projects that have enhanced the health of the soil, water and wildlife. In 2007, Willow-Witt Ranch earned Jackson County’s Tree Farmers of the Year award for long-term stewardship and education.