While the nation was watching California to find out if Genetically Modified Organisms would require labeling in that state as a result of Proposition 37, voters in Washington state’s San Juan County quietly decided that GMO’s weren’t welcome there by passing Proposition 2012-4 banning their production and providing penalties for violators and destruction of the organisms with 61% of the vote.

Out of 8,877 votes counted, 5,183 were marked “Yes” while 3,329 were marked “No” passing the initiative, making it unlawful to propagate or grow plants or animals in San Juan County that have been genetically modified and provides for penalties and destruction of GMO organisms found inside County limits.

VIDEO: Ken Akopiantz, a farmer and owner of Horse Drawn Farm and the Seed Librarian of Lopez Community Land Trust, speaks on the dangers of genetic engineering (GE) or genetically modified organism (GMO) and why it is important for support the Initiative Measure No. 2012-4 to ban raising GMOs in the San Juan county. The speech was delivered during the Food Charrette on Lopez Island, Feb 25, 2012.

Read more at the San Juan Journal.