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BC Events on Genetically Engineered Trees, Oct 21 and 22, 2015

The Growing Threat: Genetically engineered trees and the future of our forests

growing-threat-fb-victoria-and-vancouverA speakers tour across the Pacific Northwest will now conclude with events in Vancouver and Victoria. BC on Oct 21 and Oct 22.

The events will feature international expert on the environmental risks of genetically engineered trees Dr Ricarda Steinbrecher of the group EcoNexus in the UK. Dr. Steinbrecher will be accompanied by US activists Ruddy Turnstone of the Global Justice Ecology Project and Mark Des Marets, co-founder of Northwest Resistance Against Genetic Engineering.

Wednesday October 21, 2015. 7:00-9:00PM
Unitarian Church, 949 W 49th Ave. Vancouver, BC

Thursday October 22, 2015. 7:00-9:00PM
Room A102, David Turpin Building, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

Genetically engineered (GE, also called genetically modified) trees threaten the biodiversity of native forests, are false solutions to the climate change crisis, and can have unpredictable and irreversible consequences. The Pacific Northwest is key as it hosts some of the leading global research on GE trees. This includes research on GE poplar trees conducted at the University of British Columbia. The first GM fruit tree in Canada – a GM non-browning apple – was also approved and planted this year. Join us to discuss the dangers of GE trees.

Events organized by the Global Justice Ecology Project, Northwest Resistance Against Genetic Engineering, the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN), the Society for a GE Free BC, and the UVic Environmental Studies Student Association.

For more information: Lucy Sharratt, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, cell 613-809-1103 or or

See the Future of Food in Coquitlam 11th April

One of the seminal movies on GE foods.


First long term study of GE crops underway

You may remember the Seralini study of a couple of years back which demonstrated potential linkages between GE crops and health including cancer.

A $23 million study has now gotten underway to test the effects of GE crops on health – this will be a major systematic independent study of GE crops and much needed, as currently (believe it or not) GE crops are approved in North America based on the evidence presented by the companies that make these crops. In other words, there is no independent testing of these foods that many people are consuming unknowingly.

Where in the world are GE crops?

Through 2015 CBAN will be releasing a series of state of the art reports on GE crops as part of the national GMO Inquiry in Canada.

The first report outlines where GE crops are grown, check it out at:

GE apple approved in Canada

The Canadian government announced approval of the non browning GE apple at the end of last week. This is no surprise as the US government also approved the apple a few weeks back, and US and Canadian health authorities usually approve GE applications.

But – many GE crops are approved and don’t make it to the market. If you want to stop the GE apple getting to market then go to our campaign page at

Go to your local store and ask them to commit to not selling the GE apple, and write to our Minister of Agriculture asking him to carry out the review of the likely impact of the GE apple on the BC apple industry – something he promised to do in 2012 but a promise he hasn’t kept as yet. For more details click the link above.

Glysophate probably causes cancer: World Health Organisation

The World Health Organisation, which sets norms and standards for our health, has published a paper in the Lancet revealing that glysophate probably causes cancer.

Glysophate is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Round up (TM) which is the most widely used herbicide in the world and sprayed extensively on GE crops.

UN organisations like the WHO are very cautious about publishing findings, so we need to take their findings very seriously.

Help us stop GE crops and glysophate – you can become a member of GE Free BC by clicking on the donate button on the home page of our blog.

Canada’s largest food distributor says no to the GE apple

Loblaw’s, Canada’s largest food distributor, has responded to public requests by saying it will not buy the GE apple. This adds to food distributors and stores across the country that have said they will not buy the GE apple.

If you want to learn more about our campaign against the GE apple, see