03 November 2014
Election Day 2014: Measure P in Humboldt County
Ban Genetically Modified Crops
As Non-GMO Month 2014 comes to a close, we are gearing up for election day on November 4, 2014. There are some exciting Non-GMO initiatives on the ballot this year. One that is close to home for Rumiano Cheese, is Measure P in Humboldt County, CA. Over twenty of the farms that we receive our milk from are located in Humboldt County, so this one is especially important for us in helping to maintain our Non-GMO Project Verification.
Measure P would help Humboldt County keep it’s land clear of genetically modified crops. Residents of this coastal county in the far north of California, commonly known for redwoods and grey skies, will be choosing whether or not they support the ban on GM crops. If passed, Humboldt County will join four California counties in barring the purchasing, sales or use of GE seeds.
It’s been over ten years since Mendocino county first banned genetically engineered seeds and a couple other counties have since followed suit. Butte, San Luis Obispo, and Sonoma counties attempted the prohibition of GE seeds and crops, but were not able to find the support for the bills. Santa Cruz and Trinity counties have enacted a moratorium on the use of GE crops, put into place by the Board of Supervisors. If Humboldt’s Measure P is passed, it will be only the third county to have voted and passed a bill of this nature.
Most often, media exposure of the Non-GMO movement revolves around the multiple labeling initiatives throughout the country. Bills like Measure P in Humboldt County are alternative methods to combatting genetically engineered crops.
If you or anyone you know lives in Humboldt County, CA we encourage you to get out and vote and make your voice heard on this issue to help support the future of the Non-GMO movement.
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