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Nine US states limit local GM regulations
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1 April 2005
On 1 April 2005 Truth about Trade and Technology reported:
Maharishi Vedic City is becoming nationally known as an champion of organic agriculture and, together with other leaders and organizations, is working to promote the rights of local governments to prohibit genetically modified seeds. The issue, which has come to a head in Iowa because of new legislation being introduced, is being taken up by both organic farmers and states' rights advocates.
It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring
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Truth about Trade and Technology, a non-profit advocacy group led by American farmers, noted that Iowa is one of nine states to introduce or pass legislation that would pre-empt local cities and counties from enforcing restrictions on agricultural seeds.
They quoted Maharishi Vedic City Mayor, Robert Wynne, as saying, 'We believe very strongly in organic because organic does no harm to the environment.' The city currently bans the sale of non-organic food within the city limits.
Acccording to the article, State Representative Mark Kuhn, (D-Floyd) called the bill 'an attempt to legislate by and for the biotechnology industry'. Kuhn said the real issue is the economic damage caused to family farmers by market rejection of GM crops.
'What it really is, is an attempt to prevent, in Iowa, what has happened in California, where counties have banned the growing of genetically engineered crops,' Jeffrey Smith, director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, based in Fairfield, was quoted as saying.
State Representative John Whitaker (D-Van Buren) sees the bill as a further erosion of local control over controversial agricultural practices, such as genetically modified crops, and hog confinement facilities that raise significant health and environmental concerns.
If the Senate approves the bill, Governor Tom Vilsack is expected to sign it into law.
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