Monthly Archives: October 2012

Proposition 37

Many of you who follow this blog will also have followed Proposition 37 in California for the mandatory labelling of GE foods, which will be voted on on November 6th.

As there has been lots of media about Proposition 37 and this blog is about BC and Canada, we haven’t been posting on the vote, but if you want more info, go to

Of course biotech companies are pouring in the $ with ads saying vote no, but that’s just to be expected.

If the vote is yes, and it isn’t overturned by legal challenges, then two things will likely happen. The rest of the US will follow suit, and then Canada will do the same. So if you support mandatory labelling and know anyone in California, now is the time.

2 4 D corn close to approval in Canada

2,4-D-resistant field corn, soybeans pass safety tests in Canada

Dow only needs to clear one more hurdle; seeds could be on market by spring

By Ian MacLeod, The Ottawa Citizen October 22, 2012

OTTAWA — Dow Chemical is close to selling controversial corn seed genetically modified to withstand dousing with the herbicide 2,4-D to repel “superweeds” on Canadian farms.
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Saanich Council Advisory Committee supports a GE Free zone

Help Saanich become the next GE Free zone in BC.
The Saanich Health Advisory Committee, which advises Council, approved the following motion on the 18th October:

“That the Healthy Saanich Advisory Committee recommends that Saanich Council does not support the use of genetically modified seed crops within the District of Saanich, and that Council write to the federal Minister of Agriculture, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and local MPs in support of the mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods.”

Next step Saanich Council, probably on the 19th November, for a final decision. If you live in or near Saanich or know anyone who does, contact local Councillors and let them know you want Saanich to become the 9th GE Free zone in BC

Lucy Sharratt’s tour of BC in November

See below for details, and if you want more info leave a comment or email

CBAN, the Society for GE Free BC and local partners present a tour of community events on GMOs in British Columbia! Please circulate the below event notices. For event posters and flyers, and for further details and event updates please see Please join us if you live in the area and help us promote the events! See you there!

November 7-15 in BC
Community Forums on GM Food

Featuring Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, Ottawa.

Wednesday, November 7
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Okanagan College Theatre, Student Services Building, 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna

Presented by: Kelowna Chapter of the Council of Canadians, the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN), Society for a GE Free BC, Bee SAFE, Okanagan Greens Society, True Food Foundation.

Langley, BC
Thursday, November 8
7:00pm – 9:00pm
The Fraser River Presentation Theatre, 20338 65th Ave, Langley (Township hall)

Presented by Society for a GE Free BC, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, Council of Canadians Surrey-Langley-White Rock
Contact: Bobbie Blair 604-506-5576 or Phil Harrison 604-536-6706

Friday, November 9 – Sunday, November 11
BC Seeds Gathering

Nanaimo, BC
Tuesday, November 13
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 109, Bldg 356, Education/Social Sciences, 900 Fifth Street, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo

Presented by: Vitamin House, GE Free Nanaimo, Society for a GE Free BC, the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network
For more info: Vida 250.668-4124<> or<>

Campbell River, BC
Wednesday, November 14
7:00pm – 9:00pm
NIC/Timberline Theatre, 1685 S. Dogwood

Refreshments provided by Healthyway Natural Foods Market!

Presented by: Healthyway Natural Foods Market, the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, Society for a GE Free BC
Contact person:<>

Thursday November 15
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Room COR B108, Cornett Building, University of Victoria

Also with Lana Popham, MLA Saanich South and NDP Agriculture Critic.

For all event posters and flyers, and for further details and event updates please see<>

more opposition to the GE apple

Today I was at our local farmer’s market and there was a vendor selling apples and other fruit from the Okanagan. We had a chat about the GE apple and her question was – why would anyone want to do that?

Why indeed? Check out this piece against the GE apple

Almost 450,000 signatures in US saying stop govt ties to Monsanto

Sign the petition telling Obama not to appoint former senior Monsanto staff to the Food and Drug Administration. Stop the revolving door between biotech companies and the US government

Special meeting of Saanich Advisory Committeee about GE crops October 10th

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, or call
250-475-1775 extension 3505. HSAC Chair is Councillor Dean Murdock.