What do France and San Juan County have in common?
A ban on genetically modified organisms, that's what.
Local voters embraced Proposition 2012-4 by a wide margin in the
Nov. 6 election, as the citizen-led initiative banning the production of
GMOs captured 61 percent of votes tallied in Tuesday's initial election
With 8,877 votes counted, "Yes" votes outnumbered "No" votes by 5,183 to 3,329.
"I'm proud to live in a county that could see the immense benefit of
passing this forward-thinking initiative," said GMO-ban supporter Marta
Nielsen of Orcas Island, an organic farmer who raises chickens.
Proposed by organic farmers and others, the GMO ban makes it
unlawful to propagate or grow plants or animals in San Juan County that
have been genetically modified and provides for penalties and
destruction of such organisms.
Send GMO-Free San Juan your congratulations:
Read the Initiative: http://gmofreesjc.org/local-campaign/initiative/
VIDEO: Ken Akopiantz, a farmer and owner of Horse Drawn Farm and the
Seed Librarian of Lopez Community Land Trust, speaks on the dangers of
genetic engineering (GE) or genetically modified organism (GMO) and why
it is important for support the Initiative Measure No. 2012-4 to ban
raising GMOs in the San Juan county. The speech was delivered during the
Food Charrette on Lopez Island, Feb 25, 2012.
VIDEO: Jeffrey Smith talks about the GMO initiative in San Juan County. September 2012.