GE Free BC became a society in 2007, but for five years prior to this had been organizing resistance to GE crops and foods. We have lobbied politicians and decision-makers, held numerous public events and showings of the ‘Future of Food’, supported Percy Schmeiser in his court cases against Monsanto, and worked on the Ban Terminator and BC mandatory labeling campaigns.
In October 2006 we brought together campaigners from across BC and the Yukon for the first coordinated strategy session on GE in the province. We continue to act as a coordinating and networking body for anti-GE work.
GE Free BC is governed by a Steering Committee, which currently includes 10 members from around the province. Like any society, we hold an AGM once a year.
Our Vision Statement: GE-Free BC envisions a food-sovereign Canada where no Genetically Engineered life forms are created, patented, approved, bought, sold or traded. Where Canada is a leader in safe and sustainable agriculture and is known as a GE-Free Nation. Where Canada actively secures international agreements that preserve regional bio-diversity and promote food sovereignty. Where community based farmers have the right and ability to farm and save seed from year to year. This vision is aimed to protect the health and sustainability of communities, animals and ecosystems.
GE Free Crop Zones in BC
Salt Spring Island, 2004
Powell River (first in Canada) 2004
2012 Richmond, Saanich, Metchosin
2012: Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District passes a resolution against the GE apple, which is approved by all BC municipalities at the Union of BC Municipalities in September 2012