We understand that Mr. Robert Wager, who regularly attends such meetings to speak in favour of GE crops, will be attending. So if you are in the Saanich area please come out and make your presence felt. Over 300 hundred people turned up at the council meeting in Richmond in May to protest GE crops, when Council there passed a GE Free zone resolution. The Saanich meeting will feed into the decision to be made by Saanich Council later this year.
Special Meeting of the Healthy Saanich Advisory Committee:
On October 10, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at Saanich Municipal Hall (770 Vernon Avenue) the Healthy Saanich Advisory Committee will hold a special meeting to hear from the agricultural industry and community on the topic of genetically modified seed crops.
Attendees should pre-register at clerksec@Saanich.ca, or call
250-475-1775 extension 3505. HSAC Chair is Councillor Dean Murdock.
Amid all the furore about the Seralini study, another study came out on October 1st which you may have missed – pesticide use has actually increased with the use of some GE crops.
PULLMAN, Wash. — A study published this week by Washington State University research professor Charles Benbrook finds that the use of herbicides in the production of three genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops — cotton, soybeans and corn — has actually increased. This counterintuitive finding is based on an exhaustive analysis of publicly available data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service. Benbrook’s analysis is the first peer-reviewed, published estimate of the impacts of genetically engineered (GE) herbicide-resistant (HT) crops on pesticide use. Continue reading
Commercialization may be a decade away, but varieties are in the pipeline
By MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI
The Monsanto Co. has nearly tripled the acreage of its permitted field tests for genetically engineered wheat in 2012, bringing the total to 900 acres, according to USDA data. Continue reading