GE Free BC has received the response below to its request that the BC Government carry out the review of the potential impact of the GE apple on the BC apple industry it promised.
Write to the Ministry of Agriculture and your MLA using the sample letters on our apple campaign page https://gefreebc.wordpress.com/apple/
And go to your local store and ask them to commit to not selling the GE apple, using the letter and information in the link above. 50 stores in BC have done this already.
Below the email from the Minister of Agriculture which does not address the main concern the Minister raised in 2012 when he promised to carry out the review, which is the potential economic impact of the GE apple on the BC apple industry. If this was an issue in 2012, why is the government not addressing it now?
The Ministry of Agriculture did explore the issue and discussed with federal officials. As a result, in response to a similar motion by UBCM in 2013, the province reported back that:
“Responsibility for the evaluation of the safety of GE products rests with the Federal Government. BC considers that the Federal food safety and environmental evaluation processes for genetically engineered products must be kept current to ensure a safe food supply. The process must be transparent, based on good scientific analysis, and acceptable to independent scientists.”
Any food in Canada that may be a product, or contain a product, of Genetic Engineering (GE) must be approved by Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). More information on GE and other novel foods can be found at http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/gmf-agm/index-eng.php or http://www.inspection.gc.ca/plants/plants-with-novel-traits/eng/1300137887237/1300137939635
The Ministry of Agriculture will continue to share the information and opinions that British Columbians express with our federal counterparts, as it is the Federal Government’s jurisdiction to approve or deny foods for production in Canada. Alternately, you may wish to contact Health Canada directly and express your views on GE safety issues or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency about labelling of GE food products.