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Mendocino County Becomes First in Nation to Ban Growing of GE Crops and Animals

In a sweeping victory, Mendocino County became the first county in the nation to ban the growing of genetically altered crops and animals.

Mendocino County voters defeated the world’s largest producers of genetically engineered foods and seed, which pumped a record $621,000 into a county of 47,000 voters.

Under the guise of CropLife America, Monsanto, DuPont, Dow Chemical and a consortium of other biotech multinational corporations shattered spending records in this small agricultural county.

But CropLife America was no match for thousands of Mendocino County farmers, business owners, vintners and families who joined the largest, most successful grass roots campaign the county has ever seen to fight the encroachment of genetically altered crops.

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VICTORY! MENDOCINO COUNTY FIRST COUNTY IN NATION TO BAN THE GROWING OF GENETICALLY ALTERED CROPS AND ANIMALS

Despite spending $55 on each NO vote, industry-fueled opposition is crushed.

Measure H supported by 56.5 percent of voters.

March 3, 2004

Ukiah, (Mendocino County) California -- In a sweeping victory, Mendocino County yesterday (March 2) became the first county in the nation to ban the growing of genetically altered crops and animals.

Mendocino County voters defeated the world’s largest producers of genetically engineered foods and seed, which pumped a record $621,000 into a county of 47,000 voters.

Under the guise of CropLife America, Monsanto, DuPont, Dow Chemical and a consortium of other biotech multinational corporations shattered spending records in this small agricultural county.

But CropLife America was no match for thousands of Mendocino County farmers, business owners, vintners and families who joined the largest, most successful grass roots campaign the county has ever seen to fight the encroachment of genetically altered crops.

“These multi-billion dollar corporations underestimated the savvy and determination of Mendocino County voters,? said Els Cooperrider of Ukiah, a retired medical scientist and Ukiah business owner who helped spearhead the citizen-led initiative. “This is just the beginning of the revolution,? she said. “We’re the first county in the U.S. to prohibit the growing of genetically altered crops and animals -- but we won’t be the last.?

Mendocino County’s victory has already inspired nine other California counties to enact similar measures.

In addition, Mendocino County’s victory is part of a coast-to-coast act of defiance against the corporate stranglehold of America’s farmland, as farmers from California to Vermont, Maine and Hawaii and the Midwest band together to reject genetically altered crops.

“Our victory in Mendocino County is a simply the catalyst for counties all over the nation to protect their agriculture, food system and local economy,? said Doug Mosel, spokesperson for the Yes on Measure H campaign. “ No amount of money can replace the love and commitment of people who care passionately about the place they live. This is a turning point in the corporate domination of the food system and a reclaiming of responsibility for agriculture at a local level.?

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Meddle on Reclaiming the Commons - sf.june8

On air interview with Meddle of the Sonoma County Green Bloc. This interview was recorded on Indynewswire (a new program on Free Radio Santa Cruz airing Mondays from 1:00 - 3:00 PM)

Meddle discusses the June 3-9 mobilizations being planed in San Francisco during the annual Biotechnology Industry Organization meeting.

Measure H in Mendocino is one of the topics discussed in the interview.

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First GMO Ban in US: Mendocino, CA

First GMO Ban in US: Mendocino, CA

Last week, voters in California's Mendocino County voted to pass Measure H, a county-wide measure to ban the "propagation, cultivation, raising and growing of genetically modified organisms in Mendocino County." Measure H passed in spite of enormous financial expenditures by CropLife America in an attempt to defeat it. Washington DC based CropLife America represents biotech giants such as Monsanto, Bayer, Dupont, Dow Chemical and others. Mendocino County is now the first county in the United States to ban the growing of genetically altered crops and animals.

The biotechnology industry is considering a lawsuit or statewide legislation to overturn the first US-Ballot initiative, the first in the country to outlaw the growing of genetically modified crops. The anti-GMO forces won, despite the fact, that a consortium of the nation's biggest agribusinesses, doing business as Croplife America poured about $500,000 dollars into a media campaign designed to halt the measure.

This comes on the heels of the meetings on the UN Convention on Biodiversity and on the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The US have signed neither of them, and clear attempts were made by countries like the US, Canada and Australia together with Argentine and Brazil (the Miami Group) together with Industry to block efforts on labelling of GM crops and on liability in cases of contamination. Nevertheless, substantial steps were made, and the objections of the US and other countries, who have not signed and will not sign the Bisafety Protocol, were discarded at some stage.

It also precedes the GEAN conference that will be taking place in Berkely, CA March 12-14th; and, the BioDevestation Conference that willbe taking place in San Francisco, CA June 6-9th. Last year in Sacramento, CA the USDA held a WTO conference on Biotechnology.

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