GE Free Comox Valley congratulates the Village of Cumberland Council for
moving swiftly on June 13th,2016 to ban the GMO Apple and Salmon in Cumberland and
move towards a GE Free Purchasing Policy by investigating the
impacts of sourcing Non GMO foods within the local community.
In 2014, the City of Duncan led the province,
providing proof of the capacity for local government to prefer GE Free.
Cumberland would be the first community in the North Island to provide a
level playing field to support local businesses who are willing to be GE Free.
Fortunately, a number of farms and food companies in the Comox Valley are
already providing GE-Free vegetables, yogurt, meat, and eggs.
“This is a great day for citizens of Cumberland and for the Valley” states
Linda Cheu, spokesperson for GE Free Comox Valley. “Cumberland is
showing that this can be done and that all the petitions signed by businesses
and citizens in Cumberland mean something”.
Earlier this year, over 150 Cumberland residents and 27 Cumberland
businesses signed petitions to support a GE Free Cumberland Purchasing
Policy. In total, nearly1200 people have signed a petition and 71 supportive
Comox Valley businesses have signed letters of support since the bid for our
local governments to do all in their power to be GE Free started a little over
a year ago.
“In 2015, it was the GE Arctic apple. Just this year, genetically engineered
potatoes, salmon, and alfalfa were approved for sale in Canada and citizens
are questioning the safety of these decisions”, commented local farmer,
Arzeena Hamir. “The fact that these products are sold without labels means
that consumers have no easy way of deciding whether or not they want to
consume GE products. This is just plain wrong”. The Village of Cumberland
is also taking the step to write to the federal government demanding
labelling of genetically modified organisms, which would simplify
implementation of a GE Free Purchasing Policy.
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