GE Procurement Slide Presentation to Courtenay Council
Courtenay City Council can take an active leadership role in building a healthier community, according to a local non-profit, GE Free Comox Valley, by creating a GE Free Purchasing Policy.
“This policy would require that any purchases that the City makes, from trees, grass, or flowers to food for City events, be free of genetically engineered material, whenever possible” explained Arzeena Hamir, of Amara Farms in Merville, who was making the presentation on Monday.
She notes that the Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities (AVICC) recently passed a pro-GE Free resolution, and the City of Duncan adopted a GE Free Purchasing policy that is being used as a model, both last year.
CV Economic Development strongly supports investments from the organic sector, and is touting their success. Most Organic Certification Standards prohibit the use of any genetically engineered or modified products. On their website, under “Opportunities” the CVED says “We are encouraging processors and producers of niche products such as …organics to locate here.”
Of the seven producers highlighted in the CVED Agrifoods Investment brochure, three are organic. “Food and beverage processing is the community’s number one economic growth priority.”
Susan Holvenstot, also a GE Free CV member, says there may “always be some controversy on the health and science sides of this issue, but a growing number of consumers and local businesses want healthier and GE Free products. The economics are clear. GE Free is good for the CV.”
The group began a petition promoting a GE Free Comox Valley, and as member Linda Cheu explains, ” Since our start on Mar 15 this spring, we are very happy to have collected over 700 signatures. ”
Courtenay Council has identified a local purchasing policy as one of its strategic priorities and GE Free Purchasing Policy fits hand in glove with that, and will be easy to implement, according to the group.
On Wed, April 22, Thierry Vrain will be speaking on “Engineered Foods and Your Health,” Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay at 7 pm.
Also watch for the March Against Monsanto, Sat, May 23, 2015, Simms Park, noon.
GE Free Comox Valley, a small non-profit group, collaborates with local growers, farmers, chefs, food retailers, community groups, citizens and businesses, to educate about genetically engineered products. They can be contacted at 250-331-0681 or e-mail email@example.com.