GE Free Zones in British Columbia
15th June 2013
Our definition of a GE Free Zone is a municipality or group of municipalities which has passed a resolution against GE crops and animals within its jurisdiction.
Currently there are in 61 GE Free Zones in BC, which are the following (in rough order in which the resolution was passed):
Powell River (2004)
Salt Spring Island (2004)
Denman Island (2004)
New Denver (2009)
51 municipalities within the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC, resolution passed April 2013 – for AVICC members go here http://avicc.ca/about-the-avicc/avicc-members-2/)
City of North Vancouver (2013)
Metchosin and Saanich are in the AVICC area, but are not counted twice here.
In addition in September 2012 the Union of BC Municipalities endorsed a motion brought by the Okanagan-Similkameen against the genetically engineered apple being developed in the Okanagan.
Also two communities in the Okanagan, Cherryville and Lumby, have undertaken public voting where over 90 per cent of the population have voted for a GE Free Zone.
A large number of other municipalities across the Province, including Vancouver, Grand Forks, Duncan, Surrey, Langley, Coquitlam, Campbell River and many others, are working towards becoming GE Free Zones. If you would like to get involved in a campaign in your community, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For resources and background on GE Free Zones, go to the resources tab.