Monthly Archives: April 2012

We need your help to make Richmond GE Free

Richmond City Council will be deciding, within about 3 weeks, whether to accept a resolution to declare itself a GMO-free zone.

The City’s official Agricultural Advisory Committee DID NOT support the resolution and so I’m turning to you.

Would you take a few seconds to sign this petition to show that this is an important issue not only for the residents of Richmond but for the entire province?

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/467/476/570/declare-richmond-bc-ge-free/

If you could forward the petition on to friends, that would be much appreciated to.

In solidarity,

GE Free BC Steering Committee

Richmond poised to become a GE Free zone

Check out this piece in the the Vancouver Sun from yesterday:

http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Richmond+poised+take+stand+genetically+modified+crops/6437736/story.html

If you live in Richmond or any of the other communities in the article and want to get involved, email us at gefreebc07@yahoo.ca

We get about 100 views a day on the blog, but we need people who can help with our campaigns setting up GE Free zones across the province. Email us!

Sunday April 15th GE labelling event in Kelowna

Unitarian Hall, 1310 Betram (and Cawston), Kelowna, 1.30 pm

Organised by the Council of Canadian (Kelowna Chapter)

Guest Panel:

Alex Atamanenko, NDP MP for the BC Southern Interior currently serving on the Standing Committee for Agriculture and Agri-Food

Heidi Osterman certified nutritionist and founder of the True Food Goundation

Robert Dixon, organic inspector active for over 15 years in the Okanagan

And a viewing of the movie “David vs Monsanto”, about Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser who took Monsanto to the Supreme Court of Canada.

GM pigs shut down: major victory in the fight against GM animals

GM Pigs Shut Down in Canada: Major victory in the struggle against genetic engineering

April 2, 2012

Thanks to your support and actions we have stopped the GM Pig! Active research on the genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) pig called “Enviropig” is being abandoned.

Read and circulate the press release at http://www.cban.ca/Press/Press-Releases/Genetically-Modified-Pig-Shelved

The hog industry group called Ontario Pork has stopped funding GM pig research at the University of Guelph. The university is now closing down its active research and ending its breeding program of the GM pig called “Enviropig.” The pig was engineered with genetic material from a mouse to reduce phosphorous in its feces and could have become the first GM food animal approved in the world. For background and more information about the Enviropig visit www.cban.ca/enviropig

CBAN (the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network) works hand in hand with farmer, environmental, community and social justice organizations and with the concerned public to research and monitor, educate and mobilize, and create strategic opportunities for your action.

We also work behind the scenes. CBAN’s direct interventions with decision-makers at the university and in the farming community supported your actions to lead to today’s shutdown of the GM pig. In the last few months a small amount of extra funding allowed us to hire additional part-time staff to help us focus on our recent actions. Our focus will now be to stop GM Atlantic salmon and GM alfalfa. We are working to stop the corporate control of our food and environment. Just a little extra funding helped to stop GM pigs – with more help, we can do so much more together. Donate today at www.cban.ca/donate

Please still send us your signed petitions to the University of Guelph. Find more action at www.cban.ca/Take-Action