The Mad River Union asked the North Coast Growers’ Association for its statement regarding the GMO crop ban. Here it is:
The North Coast Growers’ Association endorses the Humboldt County Genetic Contamination and Prevention Ordinance.
The North Coast Growers’ Association operates Certified Farmers’ Markets for the benefit of both producers and consumers; promotes public awareness of and support for farmers’ markets and locally grown foods; works with other community-based organizations to educate consumers about direct marketing, food preservation and food buying alternatives; and promote agriculture in Humboldt County.
Our farmers provide the highest quality local produce directly to the consumers in our community. The following is the NCGA’s official position on genetically modified organisms (GMO), adopted in 2006:
The North Coast Grower’s Association is opposed to the use of genetically engineered seeds and crops. We believe that GMO technology goes against the very foundations of sustainable agriculture. The 1990 Farm Bill defines sustainable agriculture this way, “…Over the long term, satisfy human needs, enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base, make the most efficient use of non-renewable resources and integrate natural biological processes, sustain economic viability, and enhance the quality of life.”
To be truly sustainable agriculture has to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
GMOs are a strong component of industrial agriculture; they boast unsubstantiated promises of increased yields. GMOs increase the use of pesticides and show no increase in yield, while increasing and consolidating corporate control of agriculture.
GMOs threaten the diversity of our seed base and the status of the world’s seed banks.
GMO crops threaten family farmers by holding them liable under strict patent laws for pollen contaminations that is uncontainable and for which the farmers have no control.
The agencies responsible for regulating agricultural biotechnology, the USDA, FDA and EPA have failed to properly monitor the technology.
It is for these reasons, and the justifications outlines within the ordinance, that the NCGA endorses the Humboldt County Genetic Contamination and Prevention Ordinance.