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City of Hallandale Beach City Commission Agenda Cover Memo

 

Meeting Date:

 

September 3, 2014

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Sponsor Name:

City Commission

Joy F. Cooper, Mayor

Department:

Office of the City Clerk

Sheena D. James, City Clerk

 

Short Title:

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF HALLANDALE BEACH, FLORIDA, SUPPORTING MANDATORY LABELING OF ALL GENETICALLY MODIFIED PRODUCTS; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Staff Summary:

 

Background

In a consensus on August 20, 2014, the City Commission directed staff to draft a Resolution in support of mandatory labeling of all genetically modified products.

Current Situation

The City of Hallandale Beach recognizes that consumers want accurate and thorough information about the food they feed their families and the potential long-term risks to public health and the environment from genetically modified foods are unknown.

Safety studies on genetically modified foods have been limited because biotechnology companies prohibit cultivation for research purposes in their seed licensing agreements. Independent peer-reviewed research done on genetically modified crops have revealed problems with liver and kidney functions in rats, deformities and neurological problems in vertebrates and lower nutrition content in Roundup Ready crops, or crops which have been genetically modified to be resistant to the herbicide, Roundup.

Why Action is Necessary

Farmers who produce organic or non-genetically modified crops run the risk of crop contamination from nearby genetically modified crops. Also, farmers who unintentionally grow genetically modified-patented seeds or who harvest crops that are contaminated with genetically modified traits could lose marketing options and face costly lawsuits. Support of this resolution will help promote awareness of the importance of genetically modified product labeling throughout the State of Florida.

Fiscal Impact

There is no Fiscal Impact associated with approval of this Resolution.

 

Proposed Action:

 

For the City Commission approve a Resolution supporting mandatory labeling of all genetically modified products.

 

Attachment(s):

 

Exhibit 1 Proposed Resolution