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File #: M-14-3   
Type: Memorial Status: Adopted
File created: 4/7/2014 In control: City Council
Final action: 6/9/2014
Enactment date: 6/6/2014 Enactment #: M-2014-004
Title: Expressing Support For The Mandatory Labeling Of Genetically Engineered Products To Inform Consumers About The Content Of Food Products (Benton, Gibson)
Attachments: 1. M-3, 2. M-3final, 3. M-3Enacted
Date Action ByActionResultAction Details
6/9/2014 City Clerk Enacted  Action details
6/3/2014 City Council Sent to City Clerk for Signature  Action details
5/19/2014 City Council PassedPass Action details
5/5/2014 City Council Accepted Without Recommendation  Action details
4/28/2014 Finance & Government Operations Committee Sent to Council Without RecommendationPass Action details
4/7/2014 City Council Introduced and Referred  Action details
4/7/2014 President Referred  Action details
CITY of ALBUQUERQUE
TWENTY-FIRST COUNCIL
 
 
COUNCIL BILL NO.           M-14-3                ENACTMENT NO.   ________________________
 
SPONSORED BY:      Isaac Benton and Diane Gibson
 
 
MEMORIAL
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Expressing Support For The Mandatory Labeling Of Genetically Engineered Products To Inform Consumers About The Content Of Food Products (Benton, Gibson)
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EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR THE MANDATORY LABELING OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PRODUCTS TO INFORM CONSUMERS ABOUT THE CONTENT OF FOOD PRODUCTS.
WHEREAS, the City of Albuquerque recognizes that consumers have the right to receive accurate and thorough information about the products they consume and feed to their families; and
      WHEREAS, the potential long-term risks to public health and the environment from genetically engineered products are largely unknown; and
      WHEREAS, safety studies on genetically engineered products are limited because biotechnology companies, in seed licensing agreements, generally prohibit their cultivation for research purposes; and
      WHEREAS, independent, peer-reviewed research on genetically engineered crops has revealed problems with liver and kidney functions in rats; some deformities and neurological problems in vertebrates; and lower nutrition content in pesticide-resistant crops; and
      WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of the United States Department of Agriculture to ensure that genetically engineered crops are safe to grow, the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that genetically engineered products will not harm the environment and the Food and Drug Administration to ensure that genetically engineered food is safe to eat; and
      WHEREAS, the United States federal agencies that regulate genetically engineered products, including crops and animals, and the New Mexico Legislature have not yet enacted a comprehensive plan to oversee and monitor genetically engineered products; and
      WHEREAS, farmers who produce organic or non-genetically engineered crops run the risk of crop contamination from nearby genetically engineered crops; and
      WHEREAS, farmers who unintentionally grow patented, genetically engineered seeds or who harvest crops that are contaminated with genetically engineered traits could lose marketing options and face costly lawsuits; and
      WHEREAS, a 2008 CBS/New York Times poll found that 87 percent of U.S. consumers wanted all genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL, THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE:
      Section 1.      The City of Albuquerque supports mandatory labeling of all genetically engineered food products and calls upon the Albuquerque metropolitan region's State legislative delegation, the Governor, and New Mexico's Federal Congressional delegation to support such mandatory labeling.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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