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Los Angeles GMO-Free Shift Signifies ‘No-Surrender’ Revolt Against Monsanto

Christina Sarich
October 31st, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 4:36 pm
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Your continued activism is continuously paying off, with GMO bans growing nationally and around the world. Los Angeles, California is certainly doing their utmost to be one of the first, and largest non-GMO zones in the US. Following the lead of its neighbor across the border, Mexico, and its recent ban on GMOs, LA is now considering a city-wide ban to curb the growth and proliferation of GMO seeds within its borders. While the ban would not include the sale of food containing GMO, it would protect local gardens and city-grown (local) food from being contaminated with GMO seed crops.

Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Councilman and Mitch O’Farrell introduced the motion last Friday, and there is wide spread support for its continuance.

Most of the GMO seed that is in LA is in Big Ag farms, large-scale, multiple acre crops – not in small farms or local gardens. But Los Angeles people want to protect their gardens and family farms from GMO cross-pollinization.

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“The pending ordinance would be symbolic more than anything else, 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,” said head of Learning Garden and Seed Library of LA David King, who assisted in creating the motion.

The ban would be symbolic, but it might protect home-grown food and people who are already trying to become more food sovereign by growing their own.

One of California’s main crops, almonds, has recently been subjected to devastation due to the pesticides used by Monsanto, Dow, and other Big Ag companies. Many fear the pesticide use has decimated bees which are responsible for pollinating almond crops. More than 80% of the US almond supply has previously come from California. This and other problems are referenced by those supporting the ban. GMOs creation of the ‘superbug’ along with ‘seed drift’ which contaminated farms in Oregon are also cause for concern for Californians.

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While some smaller cities have been able to ban GMOs through municipal ordinances, LA would be the first big city to successfully ban GMOs and really act as a poster child for the cause in the US. Considering the current stand-still on a vote to label GMOs in Washington, Prop 522, cities might increasingly be successful if state and federal laws, influenced by Big Ag, aren’t responsive to the grassroots voice of NO GMO!

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  • bobwelsh

    Labeling, bans, etc. all help. But in the end what’s going to really
    turn the tide is enough people just not putting up with GMOs. If we
    don’t buy them and if we put pressure suppliers and politicians and
    peers (i.e. if it becomes uncool to use GMOs) they’ll die… And good

    • celiayounger

      I wish it was so simple. No many people know about GMO’s BPA’ and other chemicals in our foods. And Now with soooo bad times and crisis some people look for the cheap and not the healthy.

      • bobwelsh

        True, some people do look just at what’s cheap and don’t inform themselves. But people all over the world over much of history have found ways to eat healthy foods even if they had little money. It is a choice. It does require some effort. Today many people want just to be told what to do and what is safe. Taking some initiative is not just a good suggestion, but a requirement for thriving (and maybe even surviving) in the future.

  • sugamari

    “The ban would be symbolic, but it might protect home-grown food and
    people who are already trying to become more food sovereign by growing
    their own.”

    Ya, pending ordinance, here is how they work! First they implement controls that everyone agrees on then the corruption takes hold and eventually they control any growing in the entire city. It’s their tried and true formula.

    The only way to deal with this is to ban companies like monsanto from living!

    • Ann

      Until we have all Governments put an end to Monsanto, DOW Chemicals and all the rest of the DEMONIC Organizations and all those supporting them, Diseases will only escalate around the world, including the U.S., which has the most unhealthy residents of all countries.
      We need a revolt from all consumers to begin the END of Monsanto and all the rest of these Criminals.