Genetically modified organisms are prevalent in today’s food system, and crops are often genetically altered to be resistant to poisons sprayed to control weeds and insects. Critics argue that GMOs could compete or breed with wild species, have negative impact on birds, insects and soil biota, lead to greater use of pesticide and contribute to pesticide and insecticide resistance, and that the mixing of GM products in the food chain may be harmful to human health.
Councilmember Koretz has supported a number of measures to control GMOs, introducing a motion to ban the growth of GMOs within city limits, Proposition 37, the statewide ballot initiative which would have required the labeling of genetically-modified food in California, and opposing the sale of genetically-engineered salmon and opposing a proposed national ban on the labeling of GMOs.
Press conference with Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and advocates, calling for Los Angeles to be a GMO-Free growing zone.
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