In Mendocino County, California, organic consumers, companies, and farmers
have taken it upon themselves to gather enough signatures to place an
initiative on the coming March 2004 ballot to make GE crops illegal within
the county. Last Wednesday, the group turned in over 3,000 signatures,
which should enable them to qualify for the ballot. Although biotech companies
are preparing to blitz the county with pro-GE PR, Mendocino residents
are vowing to keep GE contamination out of the county’s strong organic
produce and beverage industry. /old_articles/ge/CAballot100303.cfm