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Okanagan sommunities say no to GE crops

Two communities in the Regional District of the North Okanagan have said “keep Ge crops out” in their Official Community plans. That makes 13 Official Community Plans across the Province that have committed to try and stop GE crops. You can see the full list below.

Congratulations to Bee Safe Monashees for their amazing commitment to local, sustainable and just agriculture, and which has been leading this work.

http://www.beesafemonashees.org/

13 Official Community Plans in BC say no to GE crops

  • Strathcona Regional District Electoral Area “B” (Cortes Island) Official Community Plan
  • Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District EA “B” Seaford Official Community Plan
  • Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District EA “E” Beaver Creek Official Community Plan
  • Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District EA “F” Cherry Creek Official Community Plan
  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District EA “B” Official Community Plan
  • Powell River Regional District EA “C” Official Community Plan
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District Roberts Creek Official Community Plan
  • Island Trust Galiano Island Official Community Plan
  • Island Trust Lasqueti Island Official Community Plan
  • Cowichan Valley Regional District South Cowichan (Electoral Areas “A”. “B” and “C”) Official Community Plan
  • Bella Coola Regional District
  • Regional District of the North Okanagan Area “D”
  • Regional District of the North Okanagan Area “E”

Salmon Arm votes to go GE Free

On Monday the 8th September Salmon Arm added its name to the long list of communities in BC passing a municipal resolution to go GE Free. The vote was unanimous, as has been the case in all the communities that have passed similar resolutions (except one).

Congratulations to the campaigners in Salmon Arm!

If you want your community to go GE Free, see the resources section http://gefreebc.wordpress.com/resources-for-ge-free-bc/

Or get in touch at gefreebc07@yahoo.ca

Here are the GE Free communities in BC:

September 2014

BC GE Free Communities

Our definition of a GE Free Zone is a municipality or group of municipalities which has passed a resolution against GE crops and animals within its jurisdiction.

As of September 2014

GE Free Zones in BC

  • Powell River (2004)
  • Salt Spring Island (2004)
  • Denman Island (2004)
  • Nelson (Nov 3, 2008)
  • Kaslo (Jan 13, 2009)
  • New Denver (Sept 8, 2009)
  • Rossland (May 11, 2009)
  • Richmond (May 29, 2012)
  • Saanich (Nov 2012)
  • Metchosin (Nov 2012)
  • Cherryville (March 8, 2013)
  • Telkwa (March 11, 2013)
  • City of North Vancouver (June 10, 2013)
  • Roberts Creek (2013)

51 municipalities within the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities AVICC, resolution passed April 2013 – for AVICC members go here http://avicc.ca/about-the-avicc/avicc-members-2/)

All BC municipalities passed a resolution asking at the Union of BC Muncipalities in September 2013 “that UBCM ask the British Columbia government to legislate the prohibition of importing, exporting and growing plants and seeds containing genetically engineered DNA, and raising GE animals within BC, and to declare, through legislation, that BC is a GE Free area in respect to all plant and animal species.”– for details go here http://gefreebc.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/bc-municipalities-vote-to-tell-province-to-ban-ge-crops-and-animals/

11 Official Community Plans in BC say no to GE crops

  • Strathcona Regional District Electoral Area “B” (Cortes Island) Official Community Plan
  • Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District EA “B” Seaford Official Community Plan
  • Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District EA “E” Beaver Creek Official Community Plan
  • Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District EA “F” Cherry Creek Official Community Plan
  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District EA “B” Official Community Plan
  • Powell River Regional District EA “C” Official Community Plan
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District Roberts Creek Official Community Plan
  • Island Trust Galiano Island Official Community Plan
  • Island Trust Lasqueti Island Official Community Plan
  • Cowichan Valley Regional District South Cowichan (Electoral Areas “A”. “B” and “C”) Official Community Plan
  • Bella Coola Regional District

 

 

 

Tell Norm Letnick to carry out the review he promised of the GE apple

Click below and sign the online petition to Norm Letnick, BC Argiculture Minister, telling him to carry out the review he promised of the GE apple. After you sign an email will go to Norm Letnick and the BC Premier Christy Clark. Let’s get 10,000 online signatures to add to the 12,000 signatures we already raised in hard copy petitions.

https://www.change.org/p/norm-letnick-fulfill-the-promised-review-of-the-gm-non-browning-apple/

BC govt breaking its promise to review the GE apple

GE Free BC has received the response below to its request that the BC Government carry out the review of the potential impact of the GE apple on the BC apple industry it promised.

Write to the Ministry of Agriculture and your MLA using the sample letters on our apple campaign page http://gefreebc.wordpress.com/apple/

And go to your local store and ask them to commit to not selling the GE apple, using the letter and information in the link above. 50 stores in BC have done this already.

Below the email from the Minister of Agriculture which does not address the main concern the Minister raised in 2012 when he promised to carry out the review, which is the potential economic impact of the GE apple on the BC apple industry. If this was an issue in 2012, why is the government not addressing it now?

The Ministry of Agriculture did explore the issue and discussed with federal officials. As a result, in response to a similar motion by UBCM in 2013, the province reported back that:

“Responsibility for the evaluation of the safety of GE products rests with the Federal Government. BC considers that the Federal food safety and environmental evaluation processes for genetically engineered products must be kept current to ensure a safe food supply. The process must be transparent, based on good scientific analysis, and acceptable to independent scientists.”

Any food in Canada that may be a product, or contain a product, of Genetic Engineering (GE) must be approved by Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). More information on GE and other novel foods can be found at http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/gmf-agm/index-eng.php or http://www.inspection.gc.ca/plants/plants-with-novel-traits/eng/1300137887237/1300137939635

The Ministry of Agriculture will continue to share the information and opinions that British Columbians express with our federal counterparts, as it is the Federal Government’s jurisdiction to approve or deny foods for production in Canada. Alternately, you may wish to contact Health Canada directly and express your views on GE safety issues or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency about labelling of GE food products.

read about the GE apple in Common Ground

Click below to see an article in the July version of Common Ground, including the stores that have committed to not selling the GE apple. For our apple campaign and what you can do to stop the GE apple go to http://gefreebc.wordpress.com/apple/

http://issuu.com/commongroundmagazinecanada/docs/cg276

Greens Market in Vancouver goes GE Free

Congratulations to Greens Market on West Broadway in Vancouver which has announced that it will sell no GE products as of 2015 – including any canned goods that contain genetic engineered content.

Many of the cans in grocery stores these days have some kind of GE content – usually corn, soy or canola. And much  livestock has been fed GE feed, particularly GE corn and canola.

Greens Market is leading the way showing what is possible. See their release below. Continue reading

Texas – GE crops out of control

Texas has requested emergency use of hazardous herbicides to kill the super pigweed that has become resistant to Round Up Ready (TM). Where will this stop?

http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/3247/texas-requests-emergency-use-of-hazardous-herbicide-to-kill-superweeds