The Sonoma Food News arrived in our mailboxes on Thursday, November 3, exhorting us to vote for the GMO ban in Sonoma County – Measure M on the November 8 ballot. The 8-page News was published by Jere Gettle and…
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.
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!
Published June 5 by The Undercurrent.
Is the ‘old’ Monsanto, the one responsible for producing Agent Orange, PCB’s and DDT and a terrible record at covering up and denying the tragedies that have resulted from their use, the same as the ‘new’ Monsanto, the one at the forefront of research in plant gene technology? We argue their scientific and ethical track record is entirely relevant to what they do today.
And what they do today is control a huge portion of the crop seeds that feed the world. We’ve had a great deal of feedback, with some viewers suggesting that some of the negative comments may be attributed to ‘astroturfing’. Regardless, we welcome spirited, cordial discussion. Monsanto have asked for a right of reply, which we will post when we receive.