13 Nov (NATURAL NEWS) – Election Day may not have turned out nationally as many people may have wished, but a number of local issues, from our perspective, did quite well, and one of them was a measure in San Juan County, Wash., to ban the growing of genetically modified crops.
According to local reports, Washington state residents passed Initiative Measure No. 2012-4, which bans the growth of GM foods. The language of the initiative makes it illegal to “propagate, cultivate, raise or grow plants, animals and other organisms which have been genetically modified” in San Juan County.
The measure still permits the growth of hybrid organisms and GMOs grown by healthcare providers and researchers only, as long as they are in secure, controlled environments.
The measure will affect mostly local farmers, who were largely supportive of it, according to local reports. The initiative; however, won’t affect GMO products sold in local food stores.
‘WE AS CITIZENS DESERVE A CHOICE’
The measure comes with some teeth as well: Violators can be charged with the crime of being a public nuisance and fined for the first offense; second violations will be considered misdemeanors with a third violation a “gross misdemeanor,” local Fox affiliate q13fox.com reported.
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