GMO = Public (Enemy) nuisance # 1

Measure P


A Humboldt County “Genetic Contamination Prevention Ordinance” GMO Ban Initiative, Measure P ballot question will be on the November 4, 2014 election ballot for voters in Humboldt County, California.

The Committee for a GMO Free Humboldt requested and received an official ballot title and summary for an initiative measure that would, if successful, “prohibit the propagation, cultivation, raising, or growing of genetically modified organisms in Humboldt County.” The ordinance enacted by the approval of this measure would classify the growth of genetically modified organisms as a public nuisance and would dictate that violations be referred to the county agricultural commissioner. In the event of a violation, the genetically modified materials would be confiscated or destroyed, and a fine could be imposed. In cases of a citizen making an allegation of GMO growing activity, the person with the complaint would be required to show convincing evidence of the violation.


The purpose of the proposed ordinance is to prohibit the propagation, cultivation, raising, or growing of genetically modified organisms in Humboldt County. The ordinance would make it unlawful for any person, partnership, corporation, firm, or legal entity of any kind to cultivate, raise, or grow genetically modified organisms in Humboldt County. A Genetically modified organism is defined as an organism, or the offspring of an organism, the DNA of which has been altered through genetic engineering. The ordinance does not apply to organisms created by traditional breeding or hybridization, or to microorganisms created by moving genes or gene segments between unrelated bacteria.

The proposed ordinance places the primary enforcement responsibility on the Agricultural Commissioner of Humboldt County. The ordinance provides for the confiscation and destruction of organisms found to be prohibited by the ordinance and authorizes the Agricultural Commissioner to impose a monetary penalty on the person or entity responsible for the violation. The Agricultural Commissioner is obligated to notify the responsible person or entity when organisms are subject to confiscation and destruction. Such persons or entities would have thirty (30) days to respond to such notification with evidence that such person or entity is not in violation. The Agricultural Commissioner would have discretion to extend the time available to present evidence when additional time is reasonably required to gather and submit required evidence.

Any violation of this ordinance shall constitute a public nuisance. Upon a finding of continuing nuisance, the Agricultural Commissioner would have authority to immediately order the destruction or permanent removal of any such genetically engineered organisms.

Some of the many supporters so far:

Farms & Ranches

  • Alexandre Family EcoDairy Farms
  • Angora Bunny Lady
  • Bayside Park Farm
  • Bear River Valley Beef
  • Bigfoot
  • Blue Blossom Farm
  • Blue Jay Nursery
  • Briceland Forest Farm
  • Camp Grant Ranch
  • Clendenen’s Cider Works
  • Deep Seeded Community Farm
  • Ewe So Dirty
  • Feral Family Farm
  • Fine Feather Ranch
  • Flood Plain Produce
  • Flora Organica
  • Flying Blue Dog Farm & Nursery
  • Forest Lakes Nursery
  • Fungaia Farm
  • Garberville Community Farm
  • Hillbelly Farm
  • Little River Farm
  • Lost Coast Ranch
  • Moonshadow Farm
  • Mycality Mushrooms
  • Neukom Family Farm
  • New Moon Organics
  • Norton Creek Farm
  • Organic Matters Ranch
  • Paradise Flat Farm
  • Paul Lohse
  • Pierce Family Farms
  • Redwood Roots Farm
  • River Bees Ranch
  • Rolling River Nursery
  • Ruby Slippers Farms
  • Sarvinski Family Farm
  • Shakefork Community Farm
  • Shinn Dairy
  • Sousa Ranches
  • Synergy Seeds
  • Tom Rayl Dairy
  • Tule Fog Farm
  • Two Mule Farm
  • Warren Creek Farm
  • Willow Creek Farms
  • Wolfsen Farms
  • Yewbear Farms

Vineyards & Breweries

  • Briceland Vineyards Winery
  • Coates Vineyards
  • Frey Vineyards
  • Humboldt Regeneration Brewery & Farm
  • Lost Coast Vineyards
  • Monument Mountain Vineyards
  • Robert Goodman Wines
  • Winnett Vineyards

Grocery Stores & Restaurants

  • 3 Foods Cafe
  • Arcata Scoop
  • Beachcomber
  • Cacao Cocoon
  • Calico’s Cafe
  • Chautauqua Natural Foods
  • Crush Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • Ethiopian International Cafe
  • Eureka Natural Foods
  • Folie Douce
  • Henry’s Olives
  • Humboldt Bar & Grill
  • Humboldt Bay Coffee
  • Humboldt Healthy Foods
  • Ino Sauce
  • Juice Jungle
  • Kyoto Sushi
  • La Trattoria
  • Luke’s Joint
  • Mario’s Lost Coast Cafe & Bakery
  • McKinleyville Central Market
  • Natural Decadence
  • Nature’s Serving
  • North Coast Co-op
  • Persimmons Garden Gallery
  • Redwood Meats
  • Renata’s Creperie
  • Roger’s Market
  • Rumiano Cheese Company
  • Signature Coffee
  • Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates
  • Sweet Basil Catering
  • The Other Place
  • Tofu Shop Specialty Foods
  • Vixen Kitchen

Other Businesses

  • A & L Feed
  • ABC (Alternative Building Center)
  • Arise Natural Health
  • Biofeedback
  • CastleWare Baby
  • Eden
  • Essential Elements
  • Freedom Organics
  • Garden of Beadin
  • Got Respect Store
  • Grow It Right Aquaponics
  • Humboldt Herbals
  • Humboldt Hunnies Day Spa
  • Humboldt Pet Supply
  • Julian Berg Designs
  • Lil Sproutz
  • Local Thrift
  • Mattole River Studios
  • New World Water
  • Northcoast Horticulture Supply
  • Organic Grace
  • Pacific Watershed Associates
  • Plant Repairs
  • RAO Construction
  • Salmon Creek Wood Designs
  • Sequoia Wellness & Apothecary
  • Solutions
  • The Garden Gate
  • The Hemp Connection
  • The Stork’s Nest
  • Two Doors Down
  • Western Botanical Medicine

Organizations & Political Parties

  • Biosafety Alliance
  • California Native Plant Society – North Coast Chapter
  • Dow’s Prairie Community Grange #505
  • Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC)
  • Freshwater Grange #499
  • GMO Free San Juan County
  • Green Party of Humboldt County
  • Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee
  • Humboldt County Traditional Foods (Weston A. Price chapter)
  • Humboldt Permaculture Guild
  • Locally Delicious, Inc.
  • North Coast Growers Association
  • Northcoast Environmental Center
  • Organic Consumers Association
  • Organic Seed Alliance
  • Southern Humboldt Farmers Market



7 thoughts on “GMO = Public (Enemy) nuisance # 1

  1. Your article answered my questions about this important November ballot measure. Thank you.


  2. This is a very important issue for Humboldt. Hopefully the voting public will research the potential effects of GMO’s prior to heading to the ballot. Protecting the rights of our local farmers is paramount, and making sure that our food sources are as non-toxic as possible is a priority I hope most everyone can agree with.

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  3. I’m voting for the ban. Maybe someday GMO technology can be used responsibly and for constructive, broadly beneficial purposes. If so, we can always vote on the issue again. For now, thanks but no thanks.

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  4. Genetic modification that would occur in the wild doesn’t bother me. After all what is natural selection? It’s when they take a tomato and add shrimp genes that you lose me. I also find the aggresive proprietary attitude of Monsanto to be horrifying. That bothers me more than the frankenfood….


  5. In these times of bitterly divided partisans and campaigns of disinformation, people are interested in who is on the ‘other’ side. Votes are cast in opposition as often they are cast in support.

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