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Boston GE-Free City Resolution

This resolution passed in Boston MA on March 1, 2000

WHEREAS: Genetically engineered foods have never been proven safe,
nor are genetically engineered foods tested by any federal agency as the
Food and Drug Administration requires only that the companies engineering
these foods taste, on the "honor system" that the foods are safe with no
further testing required; and

WHEREAS: Cornell University researcher, John Losey, and other
researchers indicated in repeated tests that the larvae from Monarch
Butterflies were dying at an alarming rate from toxic pollen generated from
the genetically engineered corn near their feeding sites; and

WHEREAS: A class action lawsuit has been brought against the Food
and Drug Administration by some of the nation's most prominent anti-trust
lawyers for rushing these novel, unpredictable and untested food technology
products to the market; and

WHEREAS: Numerous bioengineers and related distinguished scientists
have gone on record stating this technology clearly is different from
traditional breeding methods and is highly probable to exhibit a host of
undesirable health and environmental risk factors as well as great
potential for negative cascade effects in the genetic cross-pollination of
beneficial plants, insects and other fragile ecosystems directly linked to
the breeding of this novel experimental food production technology; Now,

Therefore Be It
RESOLVED: That the Boston City Council, in meeting assembled, urges
the Federal Government to require labeling of genetically manipulated foods
and further urges a moratorium on the production of any more of these foods
until acceptable testing systems are in place; and Be It Further

RESOLVED: That March 26, 2000 be declared YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT DAY in
the City of Boston.