Update on Volkswagen Diesel Fraud Case

We filed an action in Butte County on May 17, 2018 with the intent of having a jury decide punitive damages. We would be the first party to bring the defeat device case to jury trial.  Peer reviewed studies proved thousands of people with lung diseases died from the fraud.  


Humboldt GMO Band and Grafting Plants

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Saturday, November 29, 2014
Several farmers have approached me asking if Measure P the GMO ban will prevent them from grafting plants to make hybrids. It's an important question because any contract to sale GMO plants would be considered void in Humboldt after the passage of Measure P. People have been grafting to create hybrid plants for thousands of years. Every modern day fruit tree is the result of several generations of grafting.  

Measure P defines Genetic Engineering as:

“Genetic engineering” means altering or amending the genetic material of an organism through the application of: (a) in vitro nucleic acid techniques, which include but are not limited to recombinant DNA techniques, direct injection of nucleic acids into cells or organelles, encapsulation, gene deletion and doubling; or (b) methods of fusing cells beyond the taxonomic family that overcome natural physiological reproductive or recombinant barriers, and that are not techniques used in traditional breeding and selection such as conjugation, transduction and hybridization.

Measure P really covers gene manipulation at the cellular level meaning grafting is not outlawed. If grafting was somehow outlawed this would constitute a drastic change in livelihoods which have existed for generations. Such a ban would likely be considered unconstitutional.  It appears our traditional fruit tree orchids are safe from Measure P.   

Humboldt also has a large bee farming population where genes are often manipulated by selective breeding. Once again this type of genetic manipulation is not occurring at the cellular level and is not banned by Measure P.  

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