The Sonoma County Gazette: Community News Magazine
Sonoma County Gazette
Subscribe
| more

Photo Gallery

24,039 Sign ‘Citizens for Healthy Farms and Families’ Petition

thumb_2_GMO-Free-Sonoma-County-600.jpg

24,039 Sign ‘Citizens for Healthy Farms and Families’ Petition 

On March 16, 2016, Citizens for Healthy Farms and Families turned in 24,039 petition signatures to the County Registrar of Voters’ Office to qualify the Sonoma County Transgenic Contamination Prevention Ordinance for the November 2016 General Election Ballot.

They are anxiously awaiting the results of the signature verification process to see if they have the 14,358 valid signatures required to qualify.

The ordinance would prohibit the propagation, cultivation, raising and growing of genetically engineered organisms in Sonoma County. It would protect our farms, pastures, and cover crops from contamination by genetically engineered plant pollen transfer. It would protect our families, water, soil, and wildlife from the increased herbicide use inherent in the cultivation of genetically engineered plants. It would also allow Sonoma County to join Santa Cruz, Marin, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Trinity counties, which have had similar prohibitions in effect for up to ten years.

Because California Initiatives can only address one issue, this initiative will not prevent the sale, purchase, or distribution of genetically engineered human food or animal feed. It will not deny any licensed health care practitioner from providing treatment to any human patient or animal, and it will not prevent research involving genetically engineered organisms in secure indoor laboratory conditions where genetically engineered organisms could not escape into the environment. 

If one percent or more of a farmer’s crop is contaminated by genetically engineered plant pollen, it is illegal for that farmer to sell the crop or save the seed. Both become the property of the corporation owning the patent on the seed. This ordinance would secure the economic integrity of our farms and their right to grow GMO free.

You can volunteer, donate, and endorse at our website: GMOFreeSonomaCounty.com.