On the 4th of November voters in Humboldt County passed a ballot measure, with 59% of the votes, banning the growth and production of genetically modified organisms in the county. Humbold county is a predominantly rural region with dense forest, mountains, and the largest amount of coastline in California.
The ballot was submitted for election as a result of 8,500 signatures gathered by the Committee for a GMO free Humboldt. The Humboldt County Genetic Contamination Prevention Ordinance “prohibits the propagation, cultivation, raising, or growing of genetically modified organisms in Humboldt County.”
It designates anyone caught in violation to be a public nuisance, and as an “immediate threat to public health and safety,” there are provisions set forth for permanent destruction and removal of the G of MO property. The measure carves out from the ban any buying and selling, research, or health care treatments for patients in the county.