Monthly Archives: October 2013

CBAN Tests Find Unlabelled GM Sweet Corn Across Canada

: GM sweet corn in stores and farmers markets

The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) tested sweet corn samples from across Canada and found unlabelled genetically engineered (also called genetically modified or GM) fresh sweet corn in grocery stores, roadside stands and farmers markets. CBAN testing clearly shows that consumers across Canada could be unknowingly buying GM sweet corn. http://www.cban.ca/corn

Take action to stop GM sweet corn for 2014: “Get GM Sweet Corn Out”

1.    Write to Loblaw today and ask them to stop selling GM sweet corn: customerservice@loblaws.ca

2.    Write to the head office of your grocery store:
·       Walmart http://www.walmart.ca/en/help/contact-us
·       Sobeys http://www.sobeyscorporate.com/en/Contact-Us.aspx
·       Metro in Ontario http://corpo.metro.ca/contactez-nous/contact-on.en.html
·       Metro in Quebec http://corpo.metro.ca/contactez-nous/contact.en.html
·       Check here to see which grocery chain owns your local store: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_supermarket_chains_in_Canada

3.    Write to your local farmers market. Ask the market to talk to all the vendors.

4.    Talk to your local farmer. Many farmers could be buying GM seed unknowingly because GM seeds are not clearly labelled in seed catalogues. Check http://www.cban.ca/corn for information that you can share with your farmer.
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GE Foods Tour starting soon with Thierry and Shiv

TVrain .4x4.300dpiThierry Vrain and Shiv Chopra will be touring much of southern BC and Alberta in November aDr-Shiv-Chopra.4x3nd December 2013 talking about the problems with GE foods.

For details of a location near you and how to help out, go to:

https://gefreebc.wordpress.com/gefoodstour/

For an interactive map of tour locations go to:Map.Final.weblinked

See GMO OMG in New West 24th October

GMO OMG – Oct. 24  includes Q&A with Harold Steves, Richmond City Councillor, 7.00 – 8.30 pm

For more info go to:

http://www.newwestdocfest.ca/ai1ec_event/gmo-omg-2/?instance_id=

Watch the trailer here http://vimeo.com/71035892

A GE apple coming to a store near you soon?

According to Okanagan Specialty Fruits, who are developing the GE apple here in BC in Summerland, approval may not be that far off.

The bad news is the GE apple could be approved in the next 6 months
http://www.arcticapples.com/blog/joel/when-will-arctic%C2%AE-apples-be-stores#.UkStZLz1tG5

We will be launching a major campaign against the GE apple soon, if you want to get involved email us at gefreebc07@yahoo.ca

Please donate to our campaigns – we are 100% volunteer and all of your funds will go to the campaign. Donate using the button on the right hand side of the blog home page.

 

Monsanto’s GE corn banned in Mexico

http://ejfood.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/geo-watch-mexico-bans-transgenic-corn.html?m=1

Why GE crops feed corporate profit not hungry people

Biotech plays the world hunger card to promote GMOs – see this great piece by Taarini Chopra and Lucy Sharratt about why GE crops are all about profit, even if Monsanto and co say they are about solving world hunger.

Taarini Chopra and Lucy Sharratt, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network
http://commonground.ca/2013/10/gmo-bites-3/
Common Ground magazine, October 2013

We won the UBCM vote – now help us run a BC tour to stop GE crops

Thank you for supporting our efforts towards a GE Free BC. BC is one step closer to banning GE crops, thanks to grassroots community action! At the Union of BC Municipalities Convention last week, municipally elected officials voted in favour of a resolution which encourages the BC government to “legislate the prohibition of importing, exporting and growing plants and seeds containing genetically engineered DNA, and raising GE animals within BC, and to declare through legislation that the province of BC is a GE Free area in respect to all plant and animal species.”

Serious concern has been expressed across British Columbia about the introduction of genetically engineered crops and animals. Thousands of citizens rallied around this initiative, urging their municipally elected officials to vote YES for a GE Free BC. In fact, over 7,000 petition signatures were collected, hundreds of emails were sent, and many phone calls were made. Members of the public, community organizations, and elected officials have shown that the importance of health and of our environment should take precedence over profit.

We have come so far, but our work is not yet done. Let’s continue to urge the provincial government to listen to the people of BC and the members of the UBCM, and implement legislation that would prohibit genetically engineered plants, seeds, and animals.

To help keep the momentum going in BC and throughout Canada, the Society for a GE Free BC and the Greenpeace Vancouver Local Group are planning a speaker’s tour across Canada this Fall and Winter entitled, “Genetically Engineered Foods and Human Health: A Canadian Speaker’s Tour”.  The tour will feature Dr. Thierry Vrain, ex-genetic engineer with Agriculture Canada for 30 years, with some accompaniment by Dr. Shiv Chopra, ex-scientist for Health Canada and tireless protector of the food supply worldwide.

How can you get involved?

  • Stay informed: Sign up for an email subscription for blog posts at the Society for a GE Free BC website: www.gefreebc.wordpress.com
  • Attend a Tour event: www.gefreebc.wordpress.com will have an event list shortly or watch for the listing in the Nov. issue of Common Ground Magazine.
  • Volunteer: You can help promote the tour or a local tour event and raise funds for the tour. If you’re interested in helping out, let us know by emailing GEFoods.Tour@gmail.com
  • Donate: This tour is supported by passionate volunteers and funded by concerned citizens and organizations. If you would like to make a financial contribution to the tour, please visit the tour’s Go Fund Me page: http://www.gofundme.com/2ys84s.

Thank you for your continued support towards a GE Free BC.