Three times the anti-biotechnology crowd has gone head to head with agriculture, business and science in California trying to palm off its pseudo-science and antidotal baloney onto voters to get them to reject sound science.
And, three times it has lost big, the latest being Nov. 8 when voters in Sonoma County, Calif., a highly urban, liberal county considered part of the San Francisco Bay, soundly rejected the anti-science, anti-societal garbage put out by the anti-GMO crowd.
At press time, the margin of defeat was 58 to 42 percent. This comes on the heels of two more resounding defeats for the anti-GMO bunch in San Luis Obispo and Butte counties. An anti-GMO initiative also failed in Humboldt county during the same election that resulted in victories in San Luis Obispo and Butte, but that victory for agriculture came because local anti-biotech folks could not write a ballot measure correctly and recommended voters reject it and the anti-GMO crowd would come back later with another initiative. Everyone in Humboldt is still waiting.
Of course, the anti-GMO crowd gloats about victories in Mendocino, Marin and Trinity County. They won in Mendocino with a sneak attack where no grassroots opposition was mounted. They won in Marin by default. There was no organized opposition because there is no agriculture there. The “victory” in Trinity was an ordinance hastily passed by the board of supervisors partly to avoid a costly county referendum.
There have been at least a dozen California counties that have passed ordinances supporting biotechnology and at least one county rejecting a proposed anti-biotech ordinance.
The way I figure it, the score is at least 15 to 3 and three is being generous. Game's over.
It's time for the outlaw, anti-society, anti-GMO crowd to get out of California and quit wasting taxpayer money on an issue that has already been settled in the laboratory, through government regulations and the public's acceptance. More than 1 billion acres of biotech crops have been grown worldwide; more than 600,000 in California. No one has become ill from eating biotech crops. Livestock have not been harmed. The pesticide load on the environment has been reduced.
Grocery stores in Marin, Mendocino, Trinity and every other county in the state are full of food produced with biotechnology.
The Family Farmers Alliance and the Sonoma County Farm Bureau are to be commended for turning back the anti-biotech crowd and hopefully running it out of California for good.
Sonoma County Farm Bureau executive director Lex McCorvey did a great job of giving the truth to voters in his county.
The Sonoma County victory was especially sweet because Sonoma is the home of Support for the GMO the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, the organic farming “swimsuits optional” commune that has been the center of the anti-GMO campaign in California.
A defeat for the state's anti-biotech movement on its home turf is absolutely huge.
Hopefully, California has heard the last of this bunch. Now Git! Go find some other left-wing cause to create trouble and needlessly cost people time and money.