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Media Release: GE Free Purchasing Policy for Cumberland
Cumberland Village Council can take an active leadership role in building a healthier community, according to GE Free Comox Valley , by incorporating a GE Free purchasing policy into its Declaration of a Healthy Environment endorsed on March 9th 2015.
This policy would require that any purchase which the Village Hall makes, be it trees, flowers for village beautification, and any food that is purchased for Village Council events, be free of genetically engineered material whenever possible.
In 2013, the Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities (AVICC) passed a pro-GE Free resolution by a strong show of hands. The City of Duncan has adopted such a policy in 2013, for its City Hall purchases.
A GE Free purchasing policy would be a prime example of endorsing the precautionary principle in practice and would fit hand in glove with the Village’s Corporate strategic Priorities of pursuing actions and initiatives that contribute toward a healthy environment This policy would also encourage local purchases and support local economy claimed the group.
Susan Holvenstot, a GE Free CV members, 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 is circulating a manual petition and an on-line petition on its web site, asking the Village Council to endorse a GE Free Procurement Policy. It plans to delegate to Village Council on this issue soon. The Council of the Village of Cumberland will lead by example when implementing such a policy in its administration according to the group.
GE Free Comox Valley , a small non-profit group, collaborates with local growers, farmers, chefs, food retailers and community groups to educate about genetically engineered products. They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org; phone 250-331-0681; Web site: http://www.gefreecv.wordpress.com
FMI contact Linda Cheu 250-331-0681 or Linda Safford 240 336-8429