Arguments Pro and Con Measure
Q printed in the Voter Information Pamphlet accompanying the Sample Ballot
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
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
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
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
Measure Q is good for what we grow. It's good for what we eat.
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
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
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
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
Measure Q: YES for GOOD Science. GE is technology, not science - and it's
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
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
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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
¥ Development of life-saving medicines like insulin and cancer
¥ 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
¥ 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
GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT!
¥ International acceptance for GMO crops is growing (EU just
approved GMO sweet corn; 4 million farmers in China grow GE
¥ 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-
¥ Colorado State University:
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
I SL 045-026