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GE Tour Fundraising Dinner Event – Saturday, Nov 23

As you may know, GE Foods and Human Health: A Cross-Canada Speaker’s Tour has just begun and the events have been very well attended and have resulted in excellent discussions on GE/GMO foods & human health. We look forward to the rest of this tour with Dr. Thierry Vrain and Dr. Shiv Chopra as they continue to educate the public across Canada.

Nature’s Path is generously hosting a fundraising dinner in support of the tour this Saturday, November 23rd. If you’d like to attend, tickets may still be available. Continue reading

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.

All BC municipalities to vote against GE crops


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 14th 2013

Can BC Go GE Free?

Groups Rally as Union of BC Municipalities set to vote on Sept 18/19 at AGM

14 September 2013, Vancouver – Thousands of people across the province who are concerned about genetically engineered (GE, also often called GM or genetically modified) foods and crops are rallying to support a resolution calling for a GE Free BC that will be debated at the Vancouver AGM of the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM).

“This is a monumental opportunity for our municipalities and the province to stop GE crops from irreparably harming the future of farming and food in BC,” said Teresa Lynne of the non-profit volunteer-run Society for a GE Free BC. “Municipal councilors have an incredibly important decision to make and we are asking them to choose precaution for the sake of all BC residents.”

On September 18 or 19, our elected officials will vote on a resolution: … that UBCM ask the British Columbia 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. The ban would not affect processed or prepared foods containing GM/GE ingredients, and has no bearing on medical applications of genetic engineering. Continue reading

Push for a GE Free Vancouver Island heats up

Read the latest, including the upcoming debate between Dr. Thierry Vrain and Robert Wager, in the Harbour City Star.


Email gefreebc07@yahoo.ca to get involved in a GE Free campaign in your community.

Vandana Shiva says make Vancouver Island a GE Free zone


96% of Cherryville, Okanagan, voters say no to GMOs

Bee SAFE asked the Cherryville public to cast a vote to show whether they were in favour of passing a resolution to ban GMO crops in their community. Continue reading

Rural Lumby to talk GMO!

Bee SAFE will hold a meeting to discuss banning GMO crops on Wednesday March 27th at 7 PM at the Whitevalley Community Centre. Please come and let everyone know so we can make an informed decision on whether to join Cherryville and protect our farms and our food.