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.

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