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USA Today reports this morning that Northern California's Mendocino County will vote next week on "whether to prohibit the growing and development of genetically engineered plants and animals there."

According to the paper, this is the first such local initiative in the US, and has become the subject of much debate between national pro- and anti-biotech groups - even though at this time, there are no biotech crops being grown in the county. Rather, it is seen as a pre-emptive strike.

The paper reports that "Mendocino's major, though underground, agricultural crop is widely believed to be marijuana, which a highly publicized voter initiative in 2000 tried, and failed, to make legal."
KC's View:
So they voted on whether to legalize pot, and will vote on whether to ban GMOs.

What, no anti-Wal-Mart ballot initiative?