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Boston Declares March 26th 'You Are What You Eat Day'
24 Mar 2000
The full text of the Boston City Council resolution urging a GM food moratorium, and declaring March 26th as an official day of recognition of the issues around Genetically Modified foods.
Below is a resolution passed by the Boston City Council.



March 1, 2000

RESOLUTION OF COUNCILLOR MAURA HENNIGAN (Passed unanimously, March 2, 2000)

WHEREAS: Genetically engineered foods have never been proven safe, nor are
genetically engineered foods tested by any federal agency as the Food and
Drug Administration requires only that the companies engineering these
foods state, on the "honor system" that the foods are safe with no further
testing required; and

WHEREAS: Cornell University researcher, John Losey, and other researchers
indicated in repeated tests that the larvae from Monarch Butterflies were
dying at an alarming rate from toxic pollen generated from the genetically
engineered corn near their feeding sites; and

WHEREAS: A class action lawsuit has been brought against the Food and Drug
Administration by some of the nation's most prominent anti-trust lawyers
for rushing these novel, unpredictable and untested food technology
products to the market; and

WHEREAS: Numerous bioengineers and related distinguished scientists have
gone on record stating this technology clearly is different from
traditional breeding methods and is highly probable to exhibit a host of
undesirable health and environmental risk factors as well as great
potential for negative cascade effects in the genetic cross-pollination of
beneficial plants, insects and other fragile ecosystems directly linked to
the breeding of this novel experimental food production technology; Now,
Therefore Be It

RESOLVED: That the Boston City Council, in meeting assembled, urges the
Federal Government to require labeling of genetically manipulated foods
and further urges a moratorium on the production of any more of these
foods until acceptable testing systems are in place; and Be It Further

RESOLVED: That March 26, 2000 be declared YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT DAY in the
City of Boston.
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