40 States Prohibited From Banning GMOs

In general terms, preemption refers to the ability of one level of government to override laws of a lower level. While local governments once had the ability to restrict the use of pesticides on all land within their jurisdictions, pressure from the chemical industry led many states to pass legislation prohibiting municipalities from adopting local pesticide ordinances for private property that are stricter than state policy. These laws, called state preemption laws, effectively deny local residents and decision makers their democratic right to better protection when the community decides that minimum standards set by state and federal law are insufficient to protect local public and environmental health. Given this restriction, local jurisdictions nationwide have passed ordinances specific to local government land only. As pesticide pollution and concerns over human and environmental health mount, many are fighting to overturn preemption laws and return the power back to localities, enabling them to adopt more stringent protective standards throughout their communities.


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