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-- Genetic Engineering (GE) Subcommittee --


The Genetic Engineering (GE) Subcommittee was formed in August 2005 as result of concerned citizens and local farmers who approached the County Board of Supervisors asking them to take action. The Board of Supervisors recognized the need to be better informed about genetic engineering and requested that a subcommittee be created for the purpose of educating and making recommendations about the potential of GE crops grown within Santa Cruz County. By December 2005 the GE subcommittee will report back to the Public Health Commission and the County Board of Supervisors with a status report of their progress and any recommendations they may have developed for the County. All GE subcommittee email correspondence is available for viewing, for further information please contact Denise Duarte at 454-7529.

Goals and Objectives - Membership and Structure
Meetings/Minutes
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Report to the Board of Supervisors:
Genetically Engineered Food Crops within Santa Cruz County


Subcommittee Structure & Members

Subcommittee Members
1st District Representatives: Katherine Sweet
Laurie Howard
2nd District Representatives: Ken Kimes
Steve Bontadelli
3rd District Representatives: Lisa Bunin
Philip Howard
4th District Representatives: Richard Nutter
Thomas Rider
5th District Representatives: Wesley Van Camp
Arty Mangan
Agricultural Commissioner:
David Moeller
Mary Lou Nicoletti
UC Cooperative Extension: Laura Tourte
Public Health Commission: Matt Farrell
Health Services Agency: Poki Namkung, MD, MPH
Subcommittee Staff
Chief of Public Health: Bob Kennedy
Senior Health Educator: Dena Loijos
Administrative Aide: Denise Duarte
County Counsel Advisor
Assistant County Counsel: Chris Cheleden



Meeting Dates and Minutes

Agendas will be posted at least 72 hours before meetings, minutes will be posted after each meeting.

Meeting Dates Agendas Minutes Location
April 6, 2006  Agenda Minutes Aptos Library
7695 Soquel Dr., Aptos
March 13, 2006  Agenda Minutes 1060 Emeline Ave.
Solarium
Feb 23, 2006  Agenda Minutes UC Cooperative Extension
1430 Freedom Blvd.
Feb. 7, 2006 Agenda Minutes 1060 Emeline Ave.
Solarium
Jan. 24, 2006 Agenda Minutes UC Cooperative Extension
1430 Freedom Blvd.
Jan. 5, 2006 Agenda Minutes 1060 Emeline Ave.
Solarium
Dec. 15, 2005 Agenda Minutes UC Cooperative Extension
1430 Freedom Blvd.
Nov. 22, 2005 Agenda Minutes Aptos Library
7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos
Nov. 14, 2005 Agenda Minutes 1060 Emeline Ave.
Solarium
Oct. 4, 2005 Agenda Minutes 1080 Emeline Ave.
Small Auditorium (Basement)
Sept. 28, 2005 Agenda Minutes UC Cooperative Extension
1430 Freedom Blvd.
Sept. 7, 2005 Agenda Minutes Aptos Library
7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos
Aug. 25, 2005 Agenda Minutes 1080 Emeline Ave.
Large Auditorium (Basement)



Goals and Objectives

Goal: By December 2005 the GMO subcommittee of the Public Health Commission will report back to the Public Health Commission and the County Board of Supervisors with a status report of their progress and any recommendations they may have developed for the County.

Record shows that the goal is as stated, however, it is staff’s feeling that the overreaching goal is to educate the Board of Supervisors, Public Health Commission, GE subcommittee, Staff, and the community at large on Genetically Modified Organisms and Genetically Engineered Crops. 

Preliminary

  1. Research the legality and appropriateness of a potential interim moratorium regarding GMOs.  Report back to the board as soon as this task is complete.

  2. Organize GE Subcommittee, set meeting schedule, meeting space, agendas, meeting format, etc.  

Objectives That Are Fact Based:

  1. Develop Definitions  

  2. What is occurring now and what is the potential for GM crops and crop applications in United States, California, and Santa Cruz County?

  3. What kinds of GM research is being conducted in the county that has the potential to contaminate nearby crops and neighborhoods?  

  4. Are there field trials of pharmaceutical crops being conducted in open fields in the county, and if so, how can the County ensure proper protection of public health and the food supply from contamination that may result from such trials?  

  5. What types of tracking mechanisms are in place for monitoring research of GM crops and their discards?

  6. What type of notification procedures exist to inform nearby residents and farmers of the intent to plant a GM commercial or “test” crop?

  7. Analysis of existing regulations – County, State, Federal

  8. What types of liability provisions exist to protect farmers, both conventional and organic, if their crops become contaminated with GM organisms?  

  9. What types of legal remedies are available to protect farmers from lawsuits resulting from unwanted contamination of their crops and subsequent claims of patent infringement?  

Objectives that Require Research and Interpretation:

  1. What are the issues for both producers and consumers?

  2. What are the potential impacts on organically and conventionally grown local produce? 

  3. What are the potential health, ecological, economic and social impacts from GM production?  

  4. What are the security/privacy issues that affect producers and the public?  

  5. How can residents and farmers protect their farms and gardens from GM contamination?  


GE Information

Web Resources:

Files Available in PDF Format:

Other Resources

  •   Hidden Dangers in Kids’ meals: Genetically Engineered Foods.

Click here to send email to the GE Subcommittee

 

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