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Breaking news: McDonalds says no to the GE potato

A couple of days back we blogged that a GE potato has been approved in the US – and now McDonalds have said they won’t buy it.

http://modernfarmer.com/2014/11/mcdonalds-refuses-buy-genetically-modified-potatoes-fries/?omhide=true&utm_source=Modern+Farmer+Newsletter&utm_campaign=2561572cc3-Weekly_11_1511_15_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e8a89c7e43-2561572cc3-75442181&mc_cid=2561572cc3&mc_eid=83cfbbe773

McDonalds US to their credit also said they won’t buy the GE apple which is being developed here in BC.

While in the end we need adequate regulation and testing of any new products, retail campaigns can keep these items off the shelf in the short term.

You can help us stop the GE apple by going to your local grocery store and getting them to commit to not selling it – go to http://gefreebc.wordpress.com/apple/ for details of what to tell your store and a letter they can sign.

GE potato approved in the US

Please see below CBAN’s summary which is now posted at:
http://www.cban.ca/Resources/Topics/GE-Crops-and-Foods-Not-on-the-Market/Potato

There is a story in the Guardian UK Nov 8 http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/08/innate-potato-simplot-gm-watchdogs

Lots of GE crops are approved but never make it to market. More on this story when we get updated information.

Humboldt County in California votes to ban GE crops

Humboldt County, California recnetly passed a Genetic Contamination Prevention Ordinance, GMO Ban Initiative, Measure P, which will “prohibit the propagation, cultivation, raising, or growing of genetically modified organisms in Humboldt County”.

We need to be doing the same in BC – help us with our campaigns by becoming a member of GE Free BC – please go to the donate button on our home page.

Municipal candidates say no to GE across the Province

GE Free BC wrote to about 600 candidates in the upcoming municipal elections, and we have posted the responses we got on our blog!

Almost 100% of the candidates that responded said no to GE crops and animals! We know from the 2013 Union of BC Municipalities resolution asking the Provincial government to ban GE crops and animals that municipal level can make strong statements in favour of sustainable agriculture and against GE. And we now have 15 individual municipal level GE Free zones in BC, including Richmond and North Vancouver.

If you want to make a difference in your municipality, get in touch at gefreebc07@yahoo.ca

Coquitlam municipal candidates’ views on GE

Coquitlam 2014 candidates speak out about GE crops in responses to two questions (responses in no particular order):

  1. What is your position on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops, and why?
  2. What are you prepared to do to increase public awareness about genetically engineered crops, as well as herbicide and pesticide use, including neonicotinoids?

Jack Trumley (speaking for Protect Coquitlam): 1. I’m a biologist so my views are pretty clear. I don’t support GMOs. Once you start down this road it becomes a slippery slope trying to stop it. Food is no longer in the public’s control but becomes now in the hands of corporations. Continue reading

Municipal candidates views on GE from Port Moody

Port Moody 2014 candidates speak out about GE crops in responses to two questions (responses in no particular order):

  1. What is your position on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops, and why?
  2. What are you prepared to do to increase public awareness about genetically engineered crops, as well as herbicide and pesticide use, including neonicotinoids?

Rick Glumac: 1. I’m not in favour of cultivation of genetically engineering crops. I prefer organic foods because I know what I’m eating. Genetic engineering is circumventing the natural process of evolution and can introduce unforeseen issues into the ecosystem. Continue reading

Municipal candidates’ views on GE from Port Coquitlam

Coquitlam 2014 candidates speak out about GE crops in responses to two questions (responses in no particular order):

  1. What is your position on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops, and why?
  2. What are you prepared to do to increase public awareness about genetically engineered crops, as well as herbicide and pesticide use, including neonicotinoids?

Eric Hirv: I am aware of genetically engineered crops to create crops that don’t produce seed so that farmers need to buy seed each year.

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