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GMO Free Lancaster County Pursues Ordinance

GMO Free Lancaster County is pursuing a community rights ordinance to ban the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their associated chemicals in Lancaster. The ordinance will be available to sign at the Lancaster City Clerk’s office in September.

Members of the community organization believe that the rights of a healthy, safe and locally determined community take precedence over the rights of corporations to profit from harmful activities. According to Thomas Linzey, Esq., co-founder and executive director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, “The right to local, community self-government serves as the foundation for the American system of law and is a central tenet of our Declaration of Independence, and state and federal constitutions. The people’s right to self-governance has been routinely ignored by our elected representatives and overridden by the courts in favor of corporate rights.”

An Organic Potluck in the Park will be held at 6 p.m., on July 19, in Long’s Park. Those interested in receiving the GMO Free Lancaster County newsletter and a notification when it’s time to sign the ordinance, as well as to R.S.V.P. for the potluck, can visit

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