One victory, one "maybe", one loss
1. Measure P, the "Humboldt County Genetic Contamination Prevention Ordinance", looks certain to win a ballot victory in California. The measure would make it illegal to propagate or cultivate any GMO.
Latest figures: Yes: 59.43%, No: 40.57%
A press report commented: "It's looking like P will win, as expected. The Pro-P folks no doubt are feeling especially relieved, as they considered Measure P the county’s last chance for local control over crop-related decisions following a new state law that takes effect with the new year."
Measure P spokesman Bill Schaser commented, “I think the real story is about AB 2470 and how the seed companies played fast and loose with the legislative process. It appears that nobody had their eye on the ball."
Assembly Bill 2470, passed and signed earlier this year, alters California Seed Law to “prohibit a city, county, or district, including a charter city or county, from adopting or enforcing an ordinance on or after January 1, 2015, that regulates plants, crops, or seeds without the consent of the secretary.”
Measure P, if it passes, goes into effect immediately.
2. Oregon GMO labelling ballot neck and neck - too close to call
Latest figures: No 51%, Yes 49%
Opponents of GMO labeling have spent more money than on any other campaign in Oregon political history! That includes a last-minute campaign contribution of $1,350,000 from Monsanto, part of a total $5.4 million donation to defeat Measure 92, which would require GM labelling.
3. Colorado lost
The GMO labelling measure was defeated in Colorado – as expected.