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Support AB 541 – Food and Farm Protection Act

Support AB 541 – Food and Farm Protection Act

AB 541 offers some fundamental protections for farmers whose crops may be contaminated by genetically engineered varieties.

California currently has no laws in place to address the issues related to genetically engineered crop production despite the number of concerns raised as to possible affects on our environment, the productivity of our farms and the health of our citizens.



While AB 541 does not address the breadth of those concerns, it does constitute a first step in helping to guide this technology forward in a moderate and responsible manner by protecting our farmers from legal liability based on nothing more than the inevitable drift of genetically engineered seed or pollen.

Currently, farmers with crops that become infiltrated by patented seeds or pollen may be subject to both patent infringement lawsuits and breach of seed contract actions regardless of the circumstances giving rise to that infiltration. AB 541 will protect farmers from such claims in situations of unintentional or de minimus possession of genetically engineered seed or pollen.




This legislation does not obstruct the planting of genetically engineered crops by some farmers, but it does offer a small but significant measure of protection to all farmers in California who choose not to do so.

Please call upon your California Representatives to support this common sense legislation – AB 541. It is a good start and needed by our area farmers.

Curtis Walker, California Democratic Party Rural Caucus

Grass Valley


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