UBCM: No GE for BC
Sep 19, 2013 / 3:43 pm
Delegates at the Union of BC Municipalities Convention in Vancouver have come down against genetically engineered (GE) plants, seeds and animals.
A resolution was passed Thursday morning reads: “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."
There are already 61 GE Free Zones in BC, and 10 Official Community Plans of Regional Districts have come out against GE crops, as communities across the province mobilized for a ban on GE crops.
“We’re overjoyed with our success,” says Teresa Lynne of the Society for a GE Free BC, a volunteer non-profit group.
“We’re so grateful to all the councilors who heard our concerns and took this amazing step on our behalf. The provincial government needs to legislate this ban and then ask the federal government to do the same.”
Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network called Thursday's vote an unprecedented victory for grassroots communities.
“Finally we see a level of government in Canada debate this issue and respond to peoples’ concerns,” says Sharratt
Supporters of the UBCM motion gathered almost 7000 signatures on online and hardcopy petitions, and protested yesterday (Wednesday) morning outside the UBCM meeting location.
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