We said we wanted the Right to Know in CA.
They spent $48 million to deny it to us.
We said Yes on 522!
They spent $22 million to deny it to Washington State.
We said Yes on SB-1381!!
They bought the last two votes in the CA State Senate to kill it.
We are back.
We will not be denied again.
Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mitch O’Farrell introduced a motion to curb the growth and proliferation of GMO seeds and plants within the city, to protect local gardens and city-grown food from current future contamination from GMO seeds.
Last October, over 90 scientists from the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility released a statement saying:
“As scientists, physicians, academics, and experts from disciplines relevant to the scientific, legal, social and safety assessment aspects of genetically modified
organisms (GMOs), we strongly reject claims by GM seed developers and some scientists, commentators, and journalists that there is a “scientific consensus” on
GMO safety and that the debate on this topic is “over.” We feel compelled to issue this statement because the claimed consensus on GMO safety does not exist.”
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
The motion has been scheduled in the Arts/Parks Health Committee THIS MONDAY, October 20th, 3pm, LA City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 1060.
Then, should it be approved by committee, it will be heard before the full City Council THE NEXT DAY, Tuesday, October 21st, 10am, LA City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 340. (aka, Food Day/LA).
We need phone calls or emails in the next three days to Councilmembers Gil Cedillo, Paul Krekorian, Nury Martinez, Bernard Parks, Curren Price, Mitch Englander, and Joe Buscaino, to let them know how important it is for Los Angeles to be a GMO-Free Growing Zone.
Here’s the LA City Council motion we want them to support:
1) Making LA a GMO-Free Growing Zone is vital to protect the economic interests of LA’s vital urban agriculture and homemade food movements; to protect the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones Act created last year by the approval of AB-551; to protect home, school and community gardens and their seeds from contamination by the pesticide industry; and to protect fruit and vegetable varieties with cultural heritage, or heirloom/historic varieties (like Native American corn) from potential cross-pollination from GE varieties.
2) The Los Angeles City Council has already voted to protect bee populations. Agrichemicals in the pesticides and herbicides used on GMO crops are being blamed for “colony collapse disorder.” This is an essential step in creating a healthy bee safety zone. Butterflies are also being devastated by herbicides used in growing GM crops and need protection.
3) A GMO-Free LA will encourage the economic development of sustainable and organic urban agriculture in Los Angeles. As awareness of the issue of GMO contamination of non-GMO and organic foods continues to grow, local growers and food producers can promote their products as “GMO-Free” and reap the benefits of this rapidly growing and lucrative market.
4) GE contamination has already jeopardized millions of dollars in exports for American farmers, including exports through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, where goods are shipped to international markets, especially markets in Asia. These countries already have laws on the books that prohibit the sale of GE products. By taking a public stand, Los Angeles is also declaring protections for its port exports and port jobs.
5) If GMO crops are safe, why have over 60 countries around the world taken some form of action to label or prohibit the growth of GM crops?
6) This initiative stands the potential to have significant long-term positive impacts on food security by protecting the diversity of vegetable and fruit plants. That diversity is desperately needed for humanity’s survival on a climate-changed planet.
7) The City Council has previously shown strong leadership on GMOs by voting unanimously to support GMO labeling bills, Proposition 37 and SB-1381 (Evans), to oppose HR 933 (Section 735), the Monsanto Protection Act; and to oppose the approval of GM Salmon.
8) The City Council should take a strong stand now to protect the best interests of eaters, backyard gardeners, and farmers who source food to the City, before the next generation of genetically-engineered seeds and crops comes online.
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Here’s contact info for the Councilmembers you need to call or email (in the next three days):
Councilmember Gil Cedillo
Councilmember Paul Krekorian
Councilmember Nury Martinez
Councilmember Bernard Parks
Councilmember Curren Price
Tell him this is an important step in protecting AB-551, the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones, which he has co-presented a motion about.
Councilmember Mitch Englander
Councilmember Joe Buscaino
Here is additional contact information for all Councilmembers:
And here’s where you find out who represents you specifically: http://neighborhoodinfo.lacity.org/
We urgently need your help win the day!
Please pass this along to your interested email lists.