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Success! 7th GE-Free Zone in British Columbia

Success! 7th GE-Free Zone in British Columbia
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Richmond, British Columbia, has just become the seventh GE-free zone in British Columbia, joining Powell River, Kaslo, New Denver, Nelson, Rossland, Salt Spring Island and Denman Island. Credit for steering Council’s thinking on the issue goes to the Richmond Food Security Society and the Society for a Genetically Free (GE) BC. But it’s the Richmond City Council that will take both heat and praise for the decision, so they deserve praise for taking a stand.

The day of the vote, May 22nd, the Vancouver Sun wrote:

Richmond council will consider a motion to join the grassroots campaign to convince the federal government to require mandatory labelling of foods that contain GMOs. But that position falls short of the ban on GMO shrubs, plants and crops within the city’s boundaries sought by GE Free BC.

When crunch time came, the City went much further. One after another, Council members spoke in favor of the resolution introduced by the two societies, asking Richmond to become a GE-free crop zone. Councillor Harold Steves, a third-generation farmer in the area, warned that allowing GE alfalfa would destroy a lifetime of work. Others spoke about potential economic losses to the agricultural area if GE crops were introduced and about health risks associated with eating GE foods.

Community members spoke as well, including Dag Falck from Nature’s Path, a company facing ongoing challenges in sourcing GE-free ingredients for its organic products. GE Free BC’s Tony Beck urged including farmers growing GE corn in dialogues on sustainable development.

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11:20AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Very good indeed

2:46PM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

This is terrific news. I hope the US gets on board soon.

12:41AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

GREAT NOW MORE PLACES & THE USA

12:01AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

This is the time to get out and support this initiative with everything you've got.Make it absolutely clear to your representatives that GM is totally unacceptable. The madness has to stop.

8:43PM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

Excellent news! I live in the Vancouver area and am thrilled to hear this. GO BC!

4:49PM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

Excellent. If could do this in Ontario, I would be an extremely happy consumer.

4:16PM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

Great news now lets ban GMOs right here in the U.S.
Sign my petition at change.org
http://www.change.org/petitions/the-president-of-the-united-states-ban-gmo-s-in-the-us

7:28PM PDT on May 31, 2012

I am not quite sure that they are GMO Free. From What is written they get to have food labelled gmo or not gmo. This is a step in a good direction. Congratulations!
IAM NOT QUITE SURE THAT THEY ARE GMO FREE. FROM WHAT IS WRITTEN THEY GET TO HAVE FOOD LABELLED GMO OR GMO -FREE LABELLED.

KEEP ON -- WITH THE GOOD WORK.

6:37PM PDT on May 31, 2012

Excellent!

"...know GE Free BC would love to see more communities follow suit and will probably put together a “kit” to help everyone out."

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/success-7th-ge-free-zone-in-british-columbia.html#ixzz1wV8XjJW5

7:23AM PDT on May 30, 2012

down with monsanto!!

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