Election day brought good news for GMO activists in San Juan County, Washington. Citizens there voted to ban the propagation or growing of genetically modified plants or animals anywhere in the county.
Proposition 2012-4, a citizen-led initiative proposed by organic farmers and others, captured 61% of votes. The proposition imposes penalties on those who violate the law, and calls for destruction of any GMO organisms grown anywhere in the county.
“I’m proud to live in a county that could see the immense benefit of passing this forward-thinking initiative,” said GMO-ban supporter Marta Nielsen of Orcas Island, an organic farmer who raises chickens.
In (2004) several California counties passed GMO bans, including Mendocino, Marin, Santa Cruz, and Trinity.