The Mendocino Model: Californians Support Sustainable Agriculture!

On March 6, 2004 residents of Mendocino County passed Measure H, banning the planting of Genetically Engineered (GE) crops — also known as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) — within their county. The measure is now being used as a model in at least a dozen other counties in California where local residents are well on their way to passing similar measures. Organizers in Butte, Humboldt, Marin and San Luis Obispo counties have already collected enough signatures to place measures on the November ballot. Californians feel that local measures seeking to ban the cultivation of GE crops are critical steps toward economically and ecologically sustainable agriculture.

California farmers produce more than 350 varieties of crops and export more than any state in the US. Although California is recognized as a world leader in organic food production and sustainable agriculture, the world’s largest biotechnology companies are attempting to force GE crops onto California’s farms. Genetic engineering poses a significant risk to the environment, our food supply and the economic health of farmers.

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Defiant Santa Cruz Distributes Medical Marijuana

Santa Cruz citizens tell the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to get the “Drug War” out of the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM).

Tuesday, September 17, 2002 — “Citizenship Day” — 3:00 p.m.

The energy radiating from the Santa Cruz City Hall could be felt from far away. Hundreds of people came together to express their support for the medicinal use of cannabis and the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) in particular. Santa Cruz residents, including physicians, politicians, and caregivers, addressed today’s crowd in strong support of WAMM and the rights of California voters who passed the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.

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