By Alexis Baden-Mayer, Esq., Political Director
Organic Consumers Fund, November 8, 2012
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 results.
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.
Read the Initiative: http://gmofreesjc.org/local-campaign/initiative/