Monthly Archives: January 2014

Sign the petition to stop the GE apple

Please print the petition and get signatures in your community. We will present this to the BC Legislature when we ask for a moratorium on the GE apple. Make sure your community’s voice is heard!

http://www.cban.ca/Resources/Topics/GE-Crops-and-Foods-Not-on-the-Market/Apple/Take-Action-in-BC-Stop-the-GM-Apple/GE-Apple-Petiton-to-the-BC-Legislature

Stop the GE apple: join our campaign

The Society for a GE Free BC and CBAN are launching a campaign to stop the genetically engineered apple being developed in the Okanagan. We think the GE apple can be stopped because all municipalities in BC have passed a resolution against it, apple grower associations in BC and Washington State have publicly come out against the apple, and no one wants the apple except the company in the Okanagan developing it.

Join our campaign: email gefreebc07@yahoo.ca or leave a comment here, and read more below. Continue reading

Community protests stop Monsanto in Argentina

AResistance and resilience stops Monsanto.

January 2014: Victory for protestors in Argentina! The Chamber of Labor has ruled a halt to construction of Monsanto’s new GM corn seed processing plant, until review of an environmental impact study and a referendum to see if local inhabitants are in favor or against the Monsanto venture. The court ruled that the ongoing construction of the seed plant is unconstitutional. Building has been paralyzed for three months because of demonstrations including a protest camp. You can read about the decision here: http://revolution-news.com/court-rules-monsanto-construction-unconstitutional-malvinas-argentina/ Continue reading

Law suit launched against GE salmon

Press Release
Jan. 20, 2014
Ecojustice, Ecology Action Centre, Living Oceans Society

Environmental groups take federal government to court for permitting manufacture of genetically modified salmon in Canada

Approval fails to consider invasiveness threat, puts wild salmon and environment at risk

Environmental groups want a court to decide if the federal government violated its own law by permitting the manufacture of genetically modified salmon in Canada.

“Canadians expect their government to implement, not ignore, the laws that protect our ecosystems from harm,” said Tanya Nayler, one of the Ecojustice lawyers representing Ecology Action Centre and Living Oceans Society. “By granting approval for this genetically modified species without obtaining all the legally required information, the government has failed to meet their legal obligation.”
Continue reading

Agrochemical companies sue to block anti-GMO law in Hawaii

Agrochemical companies sue to block anti-GMO law in Hawaii! What a surprise!

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBREA0A0G120140111?feedType=RSS&irpc=932

The truth about GE crops in our media

There have been a few media reports over the last week, e.g. in the New York Times, about the supposed safety of GE crops and foods. Some refer to the “scientific consensus” that GE crops and foods are safe and all major regulatory bodies have said so.

Unfortunately for those proponents of GE crops, 297 European scientists were clearly very worried that non-scientists think GE crops are safe, and have said there is no scientific consensus on the safety of GE crops and foods, nor is there consensus among regulatory bodies. For details go here:

http://www.ensser.org/increasing-public-information/no-scientific-consensus-on-gmo-safety/

For a thorough piece on how our wonderfully non-biased media has dealt with the issue of GE crops and foods, go here:

http://www.independentsciencenews.org/news/no-scientific-consensus-on-safety-of-genetically-modified-organisms/

As Billy Bragg sang (Brits will get this):

When you wake up to the fact
That you paper is tory
Just remember, there are two sides to every story

 

Are farmers giving up GE crops?

An article in Modern Farmer suggests that they are, because the costs, both financial and environmental, of growing GE crops are getting too high. If you know of any farmers moving away from GE crops either in BC or elsewhere in Canada please post a comment so we can circulate this information.

For the Modern Farmer piece, go to:

http://www.offthegridnews.com/2014/01/06/farmers-abandoning-gmo-seeds-and-the-reason-will-surprise-you/