The ban states its purpose is to protect the public’s right to a “clean and healthful environment,” to protect non-GMO crops and plants from GMO cross pollination and to preserve the island’s ecosystem “while promoting the cultural heritage of indigenous agricultural practices.”
The growers say existing regulations already provide those protections. Their complaint cites research by the U.S. government, World Health Organization, American Medical Association and the European Union that show GMO food is safe.
The complaint also cites statistics from the USDA that show 93% of soybeans and 90% of corn grown in the U.S. are GMO. It also cites a statement from the Grocery Manufacturers Association that 70% to 80% of all food consumed in the U.S. contains genetically modified ingredients.