Bee SAFE asked the Cherryville public to cast a vote to show whether they were in favour of passing a resolution to ban GMO crops in their community.
Out of 306 votes cast, 276 were from Cherryville, and 266 votes, 96.4%, were in favour of a ban. “It seems that people need to be proactive and have a vision of what they want and don’t want in their community or it will always be a situation of reacting to what ever comes their way. If the GMO trend had continued, it would have been impossible for anyone else to grow organic or conventional crops” said Carla Vierke of Bee SAFE.
Jane Emlyn, who has been working for many years to promote pesticide-free gardening and agriculture said: “The solution now is to support small-scale farms, developing a resilient food economy based on health, quality of life, protection of the environment and the elimination of pesticides.”
“GMO crops were accepted in our communities without people’s knowledge. Contamination is occurring without people’s consent. It’s important for people to find out what is at stake so they can make an informed decision about the future of their communities” added Huguette Allen of Bee SAFE.