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August 3, 2000


New York State Bill A09871


If you live in New York you may want to call your local congressman about
this. A New York State Senate hearing is supposedly scheduled for
September 13th, and expert witnesses are needed.



TITLE OF BILL : AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in
relation to genetically modified crops.

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL : This bill imposes a moratorium on the
planting and growing of genetically modified crops for a period of five
years from enactment of this bill.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : Adds a new Article 27 to the
agriculture and markets law which would call for a moratorium on the
planting of genetically modified crops for a period of five years after
the effective date of this article.
JUSTIFICATION : Recently questions are accumulating about the safety of
genetically modified crops for human health and for the
environment. More and more, consumers and food companies are rejecting
products containing genetically modified organisms. Even farmers who grow
traditional crop varieties face the threat of contamination from rogue
genes, with by pollen drift or after harvest. A positive test for GMO`s
may render a crop unmarketable.
New York State agricultural products have the highest reputation for
wholesomeness. This bill would protect and enhance that reputation by
marking our farmland a GMO-free zone. It would protect our environment
from possible ill effects of genetically modified crops, such as the
killing of beneficial insects by artificially introduced toxins. And it
would give New York State consumers the confidence that local
agricultural products are free of genetically modified organisms.