Below is the Winona County Soil and Water Conservation District Board Resolution from June 2013:
MASWCD Support for Bills to Label Foods Containing
Genetically Engineered Ingredients
Whereas, bills have been introduced in the Minnesota Legislature to require that foods containing genetically engineered ingredients (or GMOs) be labeled as such;
Whereas, researchers from Washington State University, using USDA data, have found that there has been a 527 million pound increase in herbicide use in the U.S. between 1996 and 2011, following the introduction of genetically engineered crops;
Whereas, over 20 species of weeds have developed herbicide resistance, resulting in increased herbicide applications and ground and surface water contamination;
Whereas, researchers from Indiana University have established that genetically engineered toxins in Bt corn persist in streams and rivers for over six months after harvest and are toxic to caddisfly larvae, a keystone species in aquatic ecosystems;
Whereas, researchers from the University of Minnesota attribute Monarch butterfly declines to the widespread planting of genetically engineered crops;
Whereas, physicians in Argentina report significant increases in birth defects, miscarriages and child cancer in towns surrounded by genetically engineered soy;
Whereas, researchers in France have determined that rats fed genetically engineered corn develop tumors and die earlier than rats fed normal corn;
Whereas, researchers in Canada have shown that Bt toxins from genetically engineered corn cross the placental barrier and are found in fetal cord blood;
Whereas, rates of obesity, diabetes, food allergies, cancers, and reproductive problems have skyrocketed in the U.S. since the introduction of GMOs;
Whereas, the American Public Health Association and American Nurses Association endorse labeling and the American Medical Association has called for mandatory pre-market safety testing of genetically engineered foods; and
Whereas, labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients will allow farmers to continue to grow all crops that are legal to grow in Minnesota;
Therefore, be it resolved, that the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts supports the passage of HF 850 and SF 821 to require that foods containing genetically engineered ingredients be labeled as such.
Fiscal Impact Statement: Cost to MASWCD would be zero.