Electoral Campaigns

When Insurers Find GMOs an Extreme Risk & USDA Can’t Determine Contamination Methods, it’s Time for Sonoma County to Take Precautions

Sonoma County – Food & Ag Mecca Organic and conventional farmers in Sonoma County alike have been expressing increasing concern about how best to protect their farms and livelihoods from genetic contamination for many years. Along with allied environmentalists and a broad group of advocates and consumers, conventional farmers opposed to genetically-modified technology and their…

San Francisco League of Pissed Off Voters Guide 2016

Here’s yet another voter guide that has grown a following in recent years to add to our collection. Who is the San Francisco League of Pissed Off Voters? “We’re a bunch of political geeks in a torrid but troubled love affair with San Francisco. We’re blessed to live in America’s most progressive city, but we’re cursed…

Yes on M – GMO Free Sonoma County

The Yes on M, GMO Free Sonoma County campaign published this video on November 2. The Raucous Rooster supports the campaign to keep Sonoma County free of GMO contamination, and urges you to vote ‘yes’ on Measure M. Dow Chemical, Monsanto, BASF, Syngenta, the California Farm Bureau and many others have donated upwards of $100,000 to defeat this ballot measure. RR does not believe these biotech & agrochemical companies are acting in the public’s interest. Protect Sonoma County’s thriving organic & non-GMO family farms – vote Yes on Measure M.

Published on Nov 2, 2016

Our local farmers grow some of the highest quality foods and agricultural products in the world, in communities across Sonoma County.

Sonoma County products are nationally and internationally recognized for their high quality and purity.

The vast majority of Sonoma County farmers grow crops that have not been genetically engineered. However, as more genetically engineered (GE/GMO) crops and grasses are introduced, they will pose a real threat to the livelihood of our local farmers. Genetically engineered plant pollen and seed cannot be contained when grown in open fields. They are carried by the wind, bees and on the fur of animals, contaminating neighboring farms and pastures. It’s that simple. Our local farmers have the right to grow the crops they choose. If more than a trace (.9%) of a farmer’s crop is contaminated, it is illegal for that farmer to sell or save the seed, and according to U.S. patent law, it belongs to the corporation holding the patent on the seeds. This ballot measure is all about protecting the right of local farmers to continue growing traditional crops without the fear of having them compromised.

Santa Cruz, Marin, Mendocino, Trinity, and Humboldt Counties have had similar measures to protect their local farms in place for up to 11 years with no costs to county or taxpayers. Their prohibitions are working as intended. Ours will too!

Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, Other Corporations Have Spent Nearly $100,000 to Defeat Measure M, Sonoma Co. GMO Ban

Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, Bayer, Syngenta and other agrochemical companies have invested nearly $100,000 into the campaign to defeat measure M, a proposed ban on cultivating GMOs in Sonoma County on the November 8 ballot. Here’s a message about this development from Karen Hudson of Citizens for Healthy Farms and Families & the Yes on M…

Matt Maguire’s Voter Guide

For many Petalumans – particularly those with progressive political inclinations – former Petaluma Councilman Matt Maguire’s ballot recommendations have proved an invaluable reference. Maguire prefaced his recommendations with this message: “For those of us who have some trust issues with Hillary Clinton, know that she has already made progressive concessions because of Bernie Sanders, and…

Voter Guides for the 2016 Election

Voter Guides for 2016 Here’s a collection of voter guides for your reference as you attempt to navigate this year’s voluminous ballot (here in California, in any case).     California Progressive Voter Guide. Voter’s Edge by Maplight. California Secretary of State’s Quick Guide to Propositions. California Voter Foundation’s Online Voter Guide. Sonoma County Conservation…

Phone Bank for Measure M – Protect Family Farms from GMO Contamination

A Message from Pamm Larry and the Yes on M Campaign: In an article in the Press Democrat weeks ago, the Sonoma County Farm Bureau said they were not going to launch an opposition campaign to Measure M. Guess what?  Well…as usual, they “misrepresented” themselves.Again. They just opened a PAC with virtually the same name…