In the Sept. 23 New Times issue, several groups placed an ad attacking Measure Q â€” the measure that would ban genetically engineered crops from SLO County â€” with the same contempt for the truth that has become the standard in politics today. In their ad, they made the wild claim that Measure Q would ban medical research in SLO County on various products like insulin, Alzheimerâ€™s, and AIDS treatment. And who are the people making this outlandish claim? Cattlemen and women associations, various growersâ€™ associations, the County Farm Bureau, and the Chamber of Commerce. Hmm â€¦ .
In Europe, where people have been given much more information on this issue, virtually every consumer is against GE. Why? Firstly, because we know very little about the consequences of forcing the genes of one species upon another. Secondly, because more and more medical research points to possible links between GE and serious diseases such as cancer.
Europe and Japan wonâ€™t import GE food, which means that we are losing their markets. For example, in SLO, where 90 percent of our second-largest crop, broccoli, is exported to Japan, we would lose a $40 million export market if broccoli became GE. As for medical research, as any doctor will tell you, it has nothing to do with this issue. Measure Q is about GE crops, and only about GE crops.
San Luis Obispo