Genetically engineered (GE) foods or genetically engineered organisms (GMOs) are approved for human consumption based on company-produced science. The data is secret and is not peer-reviewed by independent scientists. Health Canada does not do its own testing.
There is no mandatory labeling in Canada, and no tracking or monitoring of possible health impacts. The Canadian government does not keep statistics on where or how much genetically modified food is grown.
All BC municipalities get together once a year and this year their Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Convention will be from the 16th-20th September in Vancouver.
Metchosin, which is a GE Free zone, is putting forward a resolution at the Convention asking for all BC municipalities to support banning GE crops and animals. Here is the 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 BC is a GE Free area in respect to all plant and animal species."
May I recommend three important sources of information on GE crops and animals? The first is GMO Myths and Truths, a synthesis of 600 scientific studies carried out by three geneticists, and published in 2012: http://earthopensource.org/index.php/reports/58
The second is a TED Talk given by geneticist Dr. Thierry Vrain, who formerly worked as a Federal spokesperson for GE crops but, after analysis of recent studies, is seriously concerned about their health and environmental impact, which can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQkQXyiynYs
The third is an expert panel report prepared by the Royal Society of Canada; requested by Health Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Environment Canada, on the future of Food Biotechnology. The report stresses the need for precaution and conducting rigorous and independent testing of GMOs for health and environmental effects before they are to be approved. These recommendations are not being followed: http://rsc-src.ca/sites/default/files/pdf/GMreportEN.pdf
Please see the letter below for more information why we need to urge our municipal councils to vote YES for a GE Free BC at their AGM in September.