Declare Vancouver Island a GE-Free Zone

Thank-you so much to everyone who has signed so far!! The AVICC passed this resolution unanimously. Now to keep up the pressure so that the Provincial Government follows our wishes

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have contaminated our food supply. Vancouver Island is in a unique position to be a sanctuary that supports organic farmers and growers who want to be GE Free.

We will be delivering this petition to the AGM of the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) onApril 13th, 2013 so that our elected officials see that this resolution has public support . Please share! Ask friends and family to sign!

Whereas some Genetically Engineered (GE) crops, through pollination, can disperse their pollen and genes indiscriminately and potentially contaminate non-GE crops, resulting in lawsuits, loss of organic certification, and marketability and;





Whereas there is particular concern with the transfer of DNA between species and the potential unintended consequences, especially with animal species and;





Whereas Vancouver Island and associated Coastal Communities are isolated from other agricultural areas in British Columbia, which can provide practical approaches to avoiding contamination by GE organisms and these locations suggest that there is an opportunity for local farmers to provide organic production, to help maintain long-term sustainability, to foster a living seed bank, and to be a refuge from genetically engineered contamination;





Therefore be it resolved that AVICC ask the British Columbia government to legislate the prohibition of importing, exporting and growing of plants and seeds containing genetically engineered DNA, and raising GE animals, on Vancouver Island and associated Coastal Communities and in the marine waters nearby, and to declare, through legislation, that the area encompassed by AVICC is a GE Free area in respect to all plant and animal species.

















































































































































































































































































































































Whereas there is particular concern with the transfer of DNA between species and the potential unintended consequences, especially with animal species and;

































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Whereas Vancouver Island and associated Coastal Communities are isolated from other agricultural areas in British Columbia, which can provide practical approaches to avoiding contamination by GE organisms and these locations suggest that there is an opportunity for local farmers to provide organic production, to help maintain long-term sustainability, to foster a living seed bank, and to be a refuge from genetically engineered contamination;

































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Therefore be it resolved that AVICC ask the British Columbia government to legislate the prohibition of importing, exporting and growing of plants and seeds containing genetically engineered DNA, and raising GE animals, on Vancouver Island and associated Coastal Communities and in the marine waters nearby, and to declare, through legislation, that the area encompassed by AVICC is a GE Free area in respect to all plant and animal species.

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