Rally in Kelowna to stop the GE apple 15th February 11.30 a.m.

Join the rally against the GE apple in Kelowna this Saturday, organised by the True Food Foundation. You can find out more on their Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/events/1380272345575054/

And read on for True Food Foundation’s press release

For details about GE Free BC’s campaign against the GE apple, go to:

https://gefreebc.wordpress.com/apple/

Kelowna BC – Farmers and the public from across the Okanagan are converging outside the Delta Grand Hotel Saturday Feb 15th at 11:30 for the “Get Vocal about Local” rally to save the ALR and “Keep it Pure and Fresh – No GMO Apples.”

Premier Christy Clark, the Provincial Agricultural Minister and the Federal Agricultural Minister have been invited to meet with BC fruit growers at the AGM of the BCFGA this Saturday at the Delta Grand. It is likely that Federal MP Ron Cannan will attend. In response, we are rallying to defend the ALR and say No to GMO Apples being approved for growing and consumption.

Organizer Heidi Osterman of the True Food Foundation comments that “people are aware that food isn’t grown in the supermarkets, health food stores or even in the farmers markets. Food needs farmland and the closer it is sourced the fresher and more nutritious it is. The Okanagan has some of B.C.’s most prime agricultural land and even the worst soil in this region is of higher quality than agricultural land in other areas of the province.
And once developed, farmland can never be properly restored for agricultural purposes. We oppose any legislative changes that erode the autonomy of the ALR or the Agricultural Land Commission.”

In addition, Osterman adamantly opposes any approval of the genetically modified non-browning Arctic Apple. The BC Fruit Growers’ Association has asked for a moratorium on the review of the GM apple. 69% of Canadians don’t want the GM apple approved (according to a 2012 survey conducted for the BC Fruit Growers’ Association and the Quebec Apple Producers’ Association. “ Exactly what is so special about a GMO apple that can be sliced and diced and left out for days on end without showing degradation?”Osterman asks adding that” even McDonalds, which isn’t exactly a champion of healthy food, doesn’t want the stigma attached to GMO apples, nor does Gerber baby food. Do you want to be served week old (but very white looking) apple slices on the airplane as a healthy snack? How about at a buffet restaurant? The duping of consumers is built into the GMO Arctic apple. Instead, leave apples just the way nature intended them. Super Natural is BC’s motto and our reputation is at stake.”

The small BC company called Okanagan Specialty Fruits has asked the Canadian and U.S. governments to approve a genetically modified (GM) “non-browning” apple. The GM apple could be approved in 2014. Contamination from GM apples threatens the future of our apples, and the farmers who grow them. The GM “non-browning” apple is engineered to keep from going brown after being cut. The technology was developed in Australia and licensed by the small BC company called Okanagan Specialty Fruits. Okanagan Specialty Fruits asked for approval in the US and Canada. The GM apple has not yet been approved anywhere in the world. The company wants approval to use of the GM trait in Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples but they say they want to also engineer Gala and Fuji apples.

This rally is endorsed by The True Food Foundation, the Council of Canadians Kelowna Chapter, The Okanagan Greens Society, BeeSafe, and Locals Supporting Locals, and the Society for a GE Free BC.

MLA Nicholas Simons,opposition critic for agriculture will be speaking at the rally. He says”I know that farmers, local food lovers, and people concerned about the safety and sustainability of our food will continue to put wind in the sails of their elected representatives, pushing them to do the right thing and stand up for our food future.”

Media and the public are invited to attend the rally. The public is asked to converge at the Dolphins by the Delta Grand at 11 am. The “Get Vocal about Local” rally begins at 11:30 am.

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Contact: Heidi Osterman 250-878-9437

Additional information can be found at

http://www.cban.ca/

http://www.truefoodfoundation.org/

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