Three county initiatives in California aimed at banning the use of genetically engineered crops were soundly defeated during the recent election. The two most significant measures, in Butte and San Luis Obispo counties, failed, 61-39 and 59-41 percent, respectively (a third measure, in Humboldt County, was deemed so badly worded that even supporters abandoned it before it too went down to easy defeat). An antibiotech measure did pass in Marin County, where genetically modified crops are not ...

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