Arguments Pro and Con Measure Q printed in the Voter Information Pamphlet accompanying the Sample Ballot

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE Q-04

Yes on Measure Ql

Genetic engineering (GE) is a process that never occurs in nature. This

technology is different from traditional plant breeding.  GE organisms are

created by forcing the genes from one species into another.

Measure Q: YES for our economy!

Keeping SLO County free of genetically engineered (GE) crops maintains our

strong agricultural economy.

Our U.S. and international trading partners are demanding GE free crops.

Having pure crops will ensure a market advantage for our county's $529

million agricultural economy.

The American Farm Bureau estimates that U.S. exporters have lost

about $300 million per year because of GE corn.

San Luis Obispo has an abundant and diverse farming and ranching economy.

Why jeopardize what is working for something that is economically risky

and unproven?

Measure Q: YES for farms and farmers!

GE food, pharmaceutical and industrial crops can contaminate conventional

food crops at many points: seed production and transport, cross-pollination,

harvest, milling, storing, and processing.

Such contamination has already occurred:

    In 2001,1  of Iowa cornfields were planted with a GE corn but 50

of Iowa's corn harvest was contaminated.

   In 2002, a pharmaceutical corn contaminated soybeans grown on

the same ground a year later. 500,000 bushels of soybeans were

destroyed.

Contamination raises liability questions for farmers and property owners.

From 2001-2003, over 73 million more pounds of pesticides were applied on GE

acres than on non-GE acres.

Some GE crops are classified as pesticides by the EPA. The plant is the

pesticide!

Yes on Ql

Fetzer Vineyards states: "... as the U.S.'s organic vineyard leader, Fetzer

supports Measure Q as appropriate action until such time as the long-term

consequences of GMO crops and animals in the food chain are fully

understood."

Measure Q is good for what we grow. It's good for what we eat.

www.sloqefree.orq

s/ Terri Carlson, M.D.

s/ Dr. Margaret C. Carman

s/ Eric Michielssen, Co-Owner, dark Valley Farm

s/ Bill Spencer, Owner, Windrose Farm

s/ Matt Trevisan, Owner & Winemaker, Linne Calodo Winery

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE Q-04

GENETIC RESEARCH IS ABOUT BENEFITING SOCIETY AND THE

ENVIRONMENT

MEASURE Q WILL NOT IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT OF SAN LUIS

OBISPO COUNTY                                 .

Through genetic modification, farmers apply less pesticides and herbicides and

also reduce the cultivation of a field. This improves air and water quality through

lower emissions from tractors and less soil compaction. Moreover, worker

safety is improved. Current genetic research is underway to combat Pierces

Disease and West Nile Virus, which could benefit the community.

MEASURE Q PREVENTS A SAFE, HEALTHY AND AFFORDABLE FOOD

SUPPLY

The United Nations, World Health Organization, American Medical Association,

and the National Academy of Sciences have examined the health and safety

issues The UN recently reported that genetically modified crops "pose no more

risk than conventionally grown crops" and "there have been no verifiable reports

of them causing any significant health or environmental harm."

MEASURE Q COULD DENY CITIZENS LIFE-SAVING TECHNIQUES

Researchers are creating ways to boost the nutritional value of foods using

genetic modification. For example, Vitamin A was added to rice to assist with

the fight against hunger in developing nations. Furthermore, this technology

has already yielded significant advances in the battle against diabetes,

Parkinson's, AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

MEASURE Q COULD CUT VITAL SERVICES AND INCREASE TAXES

This initiative calls for the county Ag Commissioner to execute the prohibition.

With the current fiscal status of our county and state, this un-funded mandate

will increase the financial burden on all of our pocketbooks. Three federal

consumer protection agencies - the FDA, EPA and USDA - are already

responsible for assuring the safety of genetically modified organisms.

MEASURE Q IS NOT BASED ON SOUND SCIENCE

MEASURE Q IS NOT SOUND POLICY

VOTE NO ON MEASURE QI

s/ Thomas T Ikeda, President San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau

s/ Jan Haynes Director, San Luis Obispo-based medical device company

Member, Cal Poly Biotechnology Industry Advisory Council

s/ Richard Quandt, President Grower-Shipper Vegetable Association

s/ Lauren R. Brown, Ph.D. Manager, local biotechnology company

Member, Cal Poly Biotechnology Industry Advisory Council

s/ Kevin Merrill, President Central Coast Wine Growers Association

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE Q-04

Measure Q maintains our safe, healthy, and affordable agriculture.

Measure Q prohibits the growing of GE organisms, not the sale of foods or

medicines.

Measure QWLL ALLOW

... university research.

... all currently used grape growing practices.

... farm workers to be safe from increased chemical use that accompanies

GE herbicide tolerant crops.

... the use of animal feed with GE byproducts.

... private property to remain free from GE contamination.

... the planting of "Vitamin A Rice" - or other crops - in developing

countries.

Measure Q: YES for GOOD Science. GE is technology, not science - and it's

unproven.

The FDA, EPA, and USDA leave testing of GE crops to the same

companies that make them. The Center for Food Safety believes such ax

testing requirements must be improved before there can be confidence in the

safety of GE foods.

The National Academy of Sciences agreed in a July 27,2004 report:

"A significant research effort should be made to support analytical

methods of technology... to detect health changes in the population that

could result from genetic alteration and, specifically, genetic engineering of

'       food."

Genetic engineering isn't the path to progress.  Techniques that use

genetics and biotechnology, like marker-assisted breeding, can solve problems

like Pierce's Disease without the risks of GE.

Testing for the presence of GE is not expensive. Enforcement costs would

be tiny compared to the billions lost to U.S. agriculture and taxpayers because

of GE crops.

Measure Q: YES for pure and wholesome SLO agriculture.

s/ Mike Cirone, Owner, drone Farms

s/ Irv McMillan, Rancher

s/ Lyie Overiey, Nipomo Flower & Tomato Grower

s/ Jeffrey W. Pipes, Owner, Pipestone Vineyards

s/ Ryan Rich, Owner, Four Elements Farm

PR2005-4

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REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE Q-04

MEASURE Q ISN'T JUST ABOUT CROPS.

GMOs and GMO products are widely used in diverse industries including

medicine, food and beverage production, as well as agriculture.

Q BANS PRODUCTION OF ALL GMOs IN OUR COUNTY.

Likely impacts include:

   Technology jobs go elsewhere because SLO is labeled unfriendly to

technology.

   Development of life-saving medicines like insulin and cancer

treatments prohibited.

   Development of cleaner industrial processes using GMOs prohibited.

   Cost-saving, environment-friendly crops outlawed.

Q CANNOT BE ENFORCED.

   Ag Commissioner has no current expertise or funding to regulate all

GMOs.

   Developing expertise would be extremely expensive to SLO citizens.

Q HARMS SLO'S BROAD FARM ECONOMY.

   American Farm Bureau estimates a gain of $1 BILLION in trade for

GMO soybeans to China alone.

   Hawaii's papaya industry was saved from a devastating virus

because of the development of GMO papaya trees.

    Grape growers will be able to protect their industry from Pierce's

Disease.

GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT!

   International acceptance for GMO crops is growing (EU just

approved GMO sweet corn; 4 million farmers in China grow GE

cotton).

   GMO crops are safe (all evidence shows biotech crops are as safe

as non-biotech crops).

   GMO crops reduce use of more expensive, toxic, carcinogenic or

persistent chemical treatments.

MAKE YOUR DECISION BASED ON FACTS. NOT ON FEARFUL CLAIMS.

For more information, check balanced websites like:

   Cornell University: http://www.qeo-

pie.cornell.edu/issues/issues.htmland

http://www.nvsaes.cornell.edu/comm/qmo//

    Colorado State University:

http://www.colostate.edu/proqrams/lifesciences/TransqenicCrops/

BE INFORMED.

NOONQI

s/Eric Djafroodi, President Central Coast Greenhouse Growers Association

s/Scott Steinmaus, Ph.D. Plant Biologist

s/Roger A. Miller, President San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen Association

s/Susan EIrod, Ph.D. Geneticist

s/Don Talley, Owner Talley Vineyards

PR2005-3

I SL 045-026