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YOUR Health and Genetically Engineered Foods Forum

YOUR Health and Genetically Engineered Foods

Thursday, Nov 14th 2013, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Filberg Centre, Conference Hall, 411 Anderton Road, Courtenay

Do you want to live a healthy life? Are you concerned about your food ?
Come learn how current farming practices, genetically engineered foods and the use of herbicides may be affecting your health and our planet.

Panelists

Thierry Vrain

Dr. Thierry Vrain was a soil biologist and a genetic engineer with Agriculture Canada for 30 years.  He was the Head of the Biotechnology Department at the Summerland Research Centre, managing the research programs of 40 professional and technical employees and providing leadership for scientific committees and organizations to evaluate research proposals, educate and advise on scientific issues. He provided scientific journals with reviews and editorial evaluations of scientific manuscripts, and technical expertise to governments to evaluate diagnostics and exclusion policies, and to Universities in Canada and abroad to educate students and staff, and supervise research projects. Thierry retired in 2002 and created a little herbal farm on Vancouver Island where he teaches soil health. He has slipped into the persona of “a scientist turned activist” and he lectures about GMOs.

Jan SlompJan Slomp and partner Marian own and operate a dairy farm since 1979, the first ten years in the Netherlands and since 1989 in central Alberta. Jan milked his first cow in 1962 and has seen dairy farming change, from before 1960 without any fossil fuel, through the green revolution, into a highly intensive and productive sector. He altered his objectives in the nineties, from ever increasing productivity into a more holistic and sustainable farming approach. The number one guide in pursuing his goals is soil and animal health. Jan is board member of the National Farmers Union and in that capacity was active in order to get a ban on the use of Bovine Growth Hormone in Canada. He is compelled to warn fellow farmers for the lack of a precautionary approach in the regulatory regime for agriculture in North America. Jan is delegate for Alberta Milk. Jan and Marian’s farm, was one of the three contestants for the 2013 Dairy Farmers of Canada Sustainability Award.

colin-palmerColin Palmer is the Chair of Powell River Regional District and was instrumental in establishing the First GE Free Crop Zone in Canada in 2004.  Colin has resided in Powell River for 46 years.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree (English, history and geography) from the University of British Columbia in 1960.  Colin has served as a Councillor and Mayor of the City of Powell River.  He is at present the Director for Area C and Chair of the Regional Board. Among other community positions he has held, he has been President of the Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Community Futures Development Corporation and a member of the Sunshine Coast Ferry Advisory Committee and the Provincial Environmental Appeal Board.  After a 12-year teaching career, Colin has operated a printing business in Powell River since 1976.

Everyone is welcome.  Admission is by donation.

Co-sponsored by GE Watch Comox Valley and Council of Canadians Comox Valley

Photos from MAM Comox Valley

Do you have any photos or video of the March Against Monsanto in the Comox Valley.  The organizers would love to have some to send to the main MAM website.  Please post photos on Facebook or send them to cvnogmo@gmail.com.

March Against Monsanto – Will you be there?

March Against Monsanto - Will you be there?

Saturday, October 12, 2013

12:00 noon – bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy the drumming and music while writing letters or making a sign

1:00 p.m. – march

Simms Park, Courtenay

The march route will be in front of Simms Park, along Comox Road, over the 17th Street Bridge, along Cliffe and back to Simms Park.

Due to the success of the UBCM motion asking for a GE Free BC, we will be writing letters to BC politicians asking them to support the resolution. Come early so you can take part in the letter writing campaign.

Only 3 days until March Against Monsanto – Please Share

Only 3 days until March Against Monsanto - Please Share

March Against Monsanto – March for Food Freedom

International March in 40 countries around the world.

Comox Valley march will be at Simms Park.

12:00 noon – bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy the drumming and music while writing letters or making a sign
1:00 p.m. – march from Simms Park, along Comox Road, over the 17th Street Bridge, along Cliffe and back to Simms Park.

Due to the success of the UBCM motion asking for a GE Free BC, we will be writing letters to BC politicians asking them to support the resolution. Come early so you can take part in the letter writing campaign.

Tell your friends – Support Food Freedom

GMO OMG – Tonight in Comox Valley

GMO OMG - Tonight in Comox Valley

Screening of “GMO OMG” tonight! Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, 7:30. Admission by donation.

http://www.gmofilm.com/

Monsanto exec could win “Nobel Prize of agriculture”

Monsanto exec wins “Nobel Prize of agriculture”

In an obscene development, a Monsanto executive is winning this year’s “Nobel Prize of agriculture” — the prestigious World Food Prize — for creating GMOs. Receiving it legitimizes the sort of rampant genetic modification Monsanto pioneered, and helps validate a ruthless business model that impoverishes farmers and monopolizes our food.

If you disagree with the decision, sign a petition at
http://action.sumofus.org/a/world-food-prize-monsanto-syngenta/?sub=taf