L.A. GMO-Free Shift Signifies ‘No Surrender” Revolt Against Monsanto

gmo la 263x163 Los Angeles GMO Free Shift Signifies No Surrender Revolt Against Monsanto

Written by Christina Sarich, Natural Society, http://naturalsociety.com/los-angeles-gmo-free-zone-revolt-monsanto/

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Your continued activism is continuously paying off, with GMO bans growing  nationally and around the world. Los Angeles, California is certainly doing  their utmost to be one of the first, and largest non-GMO zones in the US.  Following the lead of its neighbor across the border, Mexico, and its recent ban on GMOs, LA is now considering a  city-wide  ban to curb the growth and proliferation of GMO seeds within its borders. While the ban would not include the sale of food containing  GMO, it would protect local gardens and city-grown (local) food from being  contaminated with GMO seed crops.

Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Councilman and Mitch O’Farrell introduced the  motion last Friday, and there is wide spread support for its continuance.

Most of the GMO seed that is in LA is in Big Ag farms, large-scale, multiple  acre crops – not in small farms or local gardens. But Los Angeles people want to  protect their gardens and family farms from GMO cross-pollinization.

“The pending ordinance would be symbolic more than anything else, but we do  feel it’s an important step to have the second-largest city in the nation  declare itself as against genetically modified seeds,” said head of  Learning Garden and Seed Library of LA David King, who assisted in creating the  motion.

The ban would be symbolic, but it might protect home-grown food and people  who are already trying to become more food sovereign by growing their own.

One of California’s main crops, almonds, has recently been subjected to  devastation due to the pesticides used by Monsanto, Dow, and other Big Ag  companies. Many fear the pesticide use has decimated bees which are responsible  for pollinating almond crops. More than 80% of the US almond supply has  previously come from California. This and other problems are referenced by those  supporting the ban. GMOs creation of the ‘superbug’ along with ‘seed drift’  which contaminated farms in Oregon are also cause for concern for  Californians.

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While some smaller cities have been able to ban GMOs through municipal  ordinances, LA would be the first big city to successfully ban GMOs and really  act as a poster child for the cause in the US. Considering the current  stand-still on a vote to label GMOs in Washington, Prop 522, cities might  increasingly be successful if state and federal laws, influenced by Big Ag,  aren’t responsive to the grassroots voice of NO GMO!

 
 

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