County Voters Ban GM
29 Dec 2004
It is another victory for the grassroots and another loss for Monsanto and the Biotech Bullies. This summer, Trinity County, California, became the second county in the nation to ban the production of genetically modified (GM) crops and animals. By a clear vote of three to one, Trinity County Supervisors moved to ban GM crops and animals to protect Trinity’s local economy, including its growing organic sector and the environment. This decision comes in the wake of a ballot victory by voters in another northern California county, Mendocino, last spring.
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Monsanto, the Farm Bureau, and the Bayer corporation have vowed to crush this growing biodemocracy’ movement but public opposition to gene-altered crops has put the industry on the defensive. Last spring Monsanto was forced to cancel plans to commercialise GM wheat, while other GMOs in the pipeline, including trees, fish, and bio-pharmaceutical crops, are now facing increasing opposition, not only in the United States but across the world.
Trinity’s GM Ban is supported by a broad cross-section of county residents, including organic consumers, farmers, businesses, home gardeners, nurseries, social workers, students, teachers, environmentalists, government employees, computer and health professionals.
“This vote follows 25 years of tradition in Trinity County, regarding the passage of common sense ordinances that protect the well being of local citizens,” said Susan Bower, local farmer and proponent of the ban.
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