November 14, 2012

San Juan County, Washington Bans GMO Crops

Proposition 37, the GMO labeling of food in California, may have narrowly failed, but counties across the United States have responded by banning GMO agriculture through ordinances. Eight years ago, the county I live in became only the second county in the country to ban GMO crops. Now, San Juan County in Washington state has followed suit.

Nation of Change reports:

The concerned citizens of San Juan County were able to pass what is known as Initiative Measure No. 2012-4, which actually bans the growth of genetically modified organisms within the county.
 And it doesn't just affect traditional GMO crops.

According to the writing within the legislation, the Initiative actually protects against the growth and cultivation of any genetically modified organism -- even animals which have been genetically modified. This specific wording is key when considering that the act of genetic modification is no longer specific to crops. While it is true that crops have been the major focus of GMO cultivation, with upwards of 90 plus percent of corn now reportedly being altered, new disturbing and outlandish biotech projects that twist the genetic coding of more advanced life are becoming much more frequent.

Unfortunately, county ordinances don't hold much weight in issues of private property rights.  My county also has a ban on pesticide use in agriculture, but when a local vineyard starting using Round-up, I found out it was unenforceable.   I hope the San Juan initiative holds more weight. 


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Posted by Jennifer Lance at November 14, 2012 3:15 PM

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