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Ann Arbor GMO City Resolution

This resolution passed in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on November 9, 2000

Whereas, the Ann Arbor community has a right to know whether the food they consume contains or is produced with genetically engineered material, dues
to environmental, health, ethical, religious, or economic concerns associated with genetically engineered food; and

Whereas, genetic engineering in agriculture threatens sustainable, regional, non-corporate agriculture upon which the economy and character of the Ann Arbor community depends; and

Whereas, insufficient knowledge currently exists as to the long-term environmental and human health risks of genetic engineering in agriculture; and

Whereas, significant risks of genetic engineering in agriculture have been
published in peer-reviewed, scientific journals and include risks to beneficial insects , creation of herbicide-resistant weeds , unexpected allergic reaction , harm to laboratory rat intestinal functions , and decreased nutritional content of foods ; and

Whereas, numerous bioengineers and scientists have gone on record stating that genetic engineering technology is clearly different from traditional breeding methods and carries the risks of un predictable health or environmental risks ; and

Whereas, genetic engineering in agriculture may threaten organic crops through pollen drifts and cross pollination, and reinforces an agriculture system that includes unsustainable, high-input methods; and

Whereas, in 1999, over 60 million acres of genetically engineered crops were cultivated in the United States; and

Whereas, the federal government currently does not require genetically engineered foods and products to be labeled and does not require that they be independently tested for safety;

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the Ann Arbor City Council supports the establishment of federal legislation to ban growing, disseminating, and marketing products that contain genetically engineered organism until they have been proven safe for human consumption and the environment. This legislation will create and implement a transparent system to asses the socioeconomic, environmental, and human health impacts of genetic engineering in agriculture that conform to rigorous scientific standards, requires a demonstration of a reasonably certainty of no harm, shift the burden of proof and costs to the manufacturer, and permanently codify the precautionary principle; and

Be It Further Resolved, that for products that meet the burden of proof of safety, the Ann Arbor City Council supports the establishment of federal legislation requiring the mandatory, clear, accurate, and complete labeling of all foods and products, whether foreign or domestic, derived from, processed with produced by, containing or consisting of genetically engineered organisms; and

Be It Further Resolved, that the Ann Arbor City Council encourages discussion among the greater community to facilitate public input on this and further action regarding genetic engineering in food and agriculture; and

Be It Further Resolved, that a copy of this resolution be transmitted to our State and Federal representatives requesting their support on the enactment of the proposed federal legislation (HR 3377.IH and S 2080.IS regarding food labeling and HR 3883.IH regarding tests for safety).