Los Angeles Fights To Become GMO-Free
Genetically modified organisms are no longer welcome in L.A. if a motion before the city council passes. The proposal, introduced by council members, would lead to a government-sanctioned ordinance, officially “banning” GMOs in Los Angeles.
It’s not exactly an airtight measure, though, as foods containing GMO ingredients would still be available for purchase at grocery stores. But David King, head of the Learning Garden and Seed Library of L.A. and one of the champions of the motion, believes its largely symbolic purpose is a step in the right direction.
He told The Huffington Post: “The pending ordinance would be symbolic more than anything… 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.”
In other words, Angelenos will still be able to buy GMO-laced foods at market just not cultivate or grow them themselves. The motion specifically mentions a prohibition of the following activities:
1. The planting of genetically modified (GM) seeds
2. The sale of GM seeds by vendors
3. The sale of any seeds that could potentially be contaminated by other genetically modified organisms
4. The sale of GM fruit trees and plants
No more extremely hazardous GMO corn will be planted on the golden plains of Hollywood Boulevard, if these backers have their way.
Of course, not much actual growing of crops happens in L.A. but officials hope that by going after local gardeners first, they’ll send a clear message to Monsanto and their ilk: the days of GMO supremacy are over. Go find other stomachs to ruin.
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