Los Angeles City Councilmembers Mitch O'Farrell and Paul Koretz are leading the charge to ban genetically modified organisms (GMO) from our neighborhoods.
The Councilmembers introduced a motion last Friday which calls for a “GMO-Free Zone” across the city’s more than 502 square miles that would ban the growth, sale, and distribution of genetically engineered seeds and plants in the City of LA.
The motion aims to protect homes, schools, community gardens and public spaces from contamination caused by plants and other GMO.
O'Farrell feels strongly about a GMO-free zone due to reports that GMOs might be the cause of colony-collapse disorder in honey bee populations.
"Los Angeles has a healthy honey bee population and we want to keep it that way," said O'Farrell, who chairs the City's Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and LA River Committee. "The worldwide disappearance of bees is unnerving at best and, at worst, a serious threat to our food supply. We need to do everything in our power to protect them. This motion will help us do just that."
GMOs are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. There is growing concern about what foods contain GMOs since there is no regulation that requires labeling on the items consumers purchase.
The motion, and any future action, can be found on the City Clerk website.
City Council Calls for GMO-Free Zone (CBS)
Los Angeles Proposes Banning GMO (Huffington Post)
Beepocalypse Redux: Honeybees Are Still Dying — and We Still Don’t Know Why (Time)