GMO Legal Battles (July 13, 2005)
The Beyond Organic Radio Show

GMO Legal Battles

Last year, California's Mendocino County passed legislation banning the planting of Genetically Modified (GM) crops within its borders. Trinity and Marin Counties quickly followed suit.

Critics of GM crops, convinced that the federal regulatory process has been hijacked by special interests, have decided to take action by rallying public support for GM bans, county by county. It's a battle that has seen some of the world's largest corporations taking on (and, in some cases, losing to) family farmers, activists, and hippies.

Now, pro-biotech supporters have responded with "seed pre-emption law" which would outlaw these consumer-driven county-wide bans. In California, they've formed the "Healthy Foods Coalition" - a lobbying group with organizational and funding support from the traditionally conservative Farm Bureau, Cattlemen's Association and others.

"Seed pre-emption" legislation has succeeded in 14 states. Will California be next?

Join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network as we learn about the latest battles over GMO legislation in the US and worldwide.

Note: This week's show was originally designed as a round-table discussion, with participants representing various perspectives. Unfortunately, calls to the "Healthy Foods Coalition" - inviting their participation - were not returned.

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