Bolinas Community Public Utility District

Resolution No. 512

States District’s Support For A Ballot Initiative To Ban The Cultivation Of Genetically Modified Organisms In Marin County

    WHEREAS, unproven and unstable genomic materials pose a risk to the health of people and the environment; and

    WHEREAS, such materials pose a great risk to the value-added certifications and markets for west Marin farmers because, once contaminated, the victims of genetic drift lose their property rights, must pay licensing fees even if invaded and cannot save their own seeds from year to year; and

    WHEREAS, the super-weeds created by genetic drift are requiring increased and multiple toxic chemicals for eradication; and

    WHEREAS, if the ballot initiative passes, the ordinance that would then be adopted by the Marin County Board of Supervisors would not prevent contained experimental cultivation, regulate the sale or labeling of genetically modified organism (GMO) food or feed and would not affect stem cell research, but would only prevent the open cultivation of GMO plants;

    NOW, THEREFORE,  BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Directors of the Bolinas Community Public Utility District to hereby state its strong support for the initiative measure to be submitted directly to the voters of the County of Marin in November, 2004, that would require the Board of Supervisors to adopt an ordinance prohibiting the growing of genetically modified organisms.

    IT IS HEREBY CERTIFIED that this resolution was duly introduced and adopted by the Board of Directors of the Bolinas Community Public Utility District this 15th day of September, 2004, by the following vote:

AYES:          Amoroso, Kimball, McClellan, Siedman, Smith

NOES:         None


ABSENT:     None

Jack Siedman
President, Board of Directors


Philip Buchanan