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Vancouver Mayor to proclaim GE Awareness Week

Come to Whole Foods Market on Cambie and West 8th Avenue in Vancouver, which will host a reading of the proclamation at a press conference on Tuesday, October 21st at 11:30 am.

GE Free BC has been working with the Vancouver Food Policy Council and other groups to create awareness about GE crops and animals and what can be done about it in Vancouver.

Councillor Andrea Reimer will read the proclamation. GE Free BC will be present, as will Joe Rogoff, Whole Foods Market Regional President in the Pacific Northwest, and Ian Walker of Left Coast Naturals.

Events during the awareness week, which will run from the 20th-26th October, include a dinner at Graze Restaurant in Vancouver on the 20th October, and a Facebook party on the 23rd October. See the graphics below for timing.

Facebook Party Oct 2014Graze dinner Oct 2014

US farmers sue Syngenta for $1 billion about GE corn

In North America we may think GE crops are the norm (in fact it’s only corn, soy, canola and sugar beet where we have seen GE crops predominate), but in other parts of the world there are serious concerns. This includes China which has stopped imports of GE corn from the US, leading to a fall in US corn prices, leading to a lawsuit against Syngenta by US farmers.

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Syngenta_Sued_for_$1_billion.php

Help stop GE rice

This from colleagues at Greenpeace in the Philippines. For the CBAN background paper on GE rice go to: http://www.cban.ca/Resources/Topics/GE-Crops-and-Foods-Not-on-the-Market/Rice/Golden-Rice-GM-Vitamin-A-Rice

Greenpeace South East Asia’s ‘Yes to Ecological Agriculture, No to Golden Rice’ project team needs your help. We only have 3 remaining days to rally as much support for a thunderclap directed to the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture to stop the commercialization of GR and instead support the work on ecological farming.

It takes only 5 seconds to join. Here’s how:

Click on this link

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/17028-world-food-day-2014

and choose to support either with Facebook or with Twitter–or both (If you have a Tumblr account then you can use it too).

You will be asked to authorize access of Thunderclap to your account (don’t worry, it’s a secured platform, you are basically just allowing the app to post on your behalf on the date the campaign message will be unleashed by everyone who has supported it, just think about a massive flashmob on FB and Twitter). Thunderclap’s interface is user-friendly so the next steps should be easy.
Once you have added your support, you can also boast about it on your social media accounts that you have supported a great cause ;) by sharing on Facebook and/or tweeting about it.
Please help us get the word out and exceed our target. Please sign-up.

Thrifty’s will not sell the GE apple

Thrifty Foods have let us know that they will not knowingly sell any GMO produce item, and have had this policy in place for a number of years. They have advised growers of this position

If it is approved Thrifty Foods will NOT stock the apple or any apple that they find is a GMO variety.

Thank you Thrifty’s, and for more on our campaign to stop the GE apple, go to:

http://gefreebc.wordpress.com/apple/

Vancouver City Council supports GE awareness week October 20th

GE Free BC has had numerous discussions with Vancouver City Council and the Vancouver Food Policy Council over the last year or so about what Vancouver City can do to express its concerns about the spread of GE crops and animals.

So we are happy to announce that Vancouver City Council is sponsoring GE awareness week in Vancouver during the week of the October 20th. Please look out for and join us at the following events:

Mayor Robertson or Councillor Reimer will make a proclamation of GE awareness week at Whole Foods on Cambie.  We will keep you posted of the date and time and other events around the proclamation.

We will have a kick off dinner at Graze restaurant in Vancouver on the 2oth October at 6pm

Graze dinner Oct 2014

We will have a Facebook Party on the 23rd October from 7pm to 9pm with lots of prizes

Facebook Party Oct 2014

We will keep you posted over the next week about these events.

GE crops feed corporate profit, not hungry people

Proponents of GM crops tell us  we need genetic modification to feed a growing population and reduce global hunger. This extensively researched new report from CBAN examines the global evidence on GM crops to  expose the many ways in which GM crops threaten the environment and farmers’ livelihoods, and overlook the real causes of hunger. Using case studies from around the world, the report shows that there is no place for GM crops in an ecologically sustainable and socially just food system.

http://www.cban.ca/Resources/Topics/Feeding-the-World

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”