At the recent Union of BC municipalities meeting in Victoria, the GE Free resolution against the GE apple proposed by the Okanagan-Similkameen was accepted. The resolution is below. You can help stop the GE apple – go to http://www.cban.ca/Resources/Topics/GE-Crops-and-Foods-Not-on-the-Market/Apple to sign a petition and get more information about what you can do. We will be continuing to campaign on this issue in the fall.
The text of the resolution follows:
WHEREAS the BC Fruit Growers Association has asked the Okanagan Valley Regional Districts to investigate the establishment of a Genetically Engineered (GE) Free Zone for Tree Fruit Products, fruit and plant material in our respective Regional Districts;
AND WHEREAS orchard after neighbouring orchard of tree fruits can potentially be contaminated with GE DNA Constructs by the activities of pollinating insects like honeybees and the transport of honeybees from one orchard to another by the beekeepers;
AND WHEREAS The Okanagan Tree Fruit Cooperative, where over 80% of the commercial tree fruit crop in British Columbia is received, packed, stored, graded and shipped, will deny any GE fruit or fruit containing GE DNA Constructs;
AND WHEREAS 100% of the Organic Tree Fruit orchards in BC that are found to contain GE fruit or fruit containing GE DNA Constructs would lose their organic certification;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM ask the British Columbia Government to legislate the prohibition of importing, exporting, and the domestic production of fruit and plant material containing GE DNA Constructs and to declare that through legislation that BC is a GE Free Province in respect to all tree fruit products, and further;
that UBCM forward this motion to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for similar consideration for legislation by the Federal Government to establish the Country of Canada to be GE Free in respect to all tree fruit products.