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TITLE:  RDOS opposes release of Franken-moths
SOURCE: Penticton Herald, Canada, by John Moorhouse
        edited and posted by AGNET, Canada
DATE:   22 Apr 2005

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RDOS opposes release of Franken-moths

The B.C. Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen board was cited as voting
unanimously Thursday to oppose the release of genetically modified codling
moths, and instead, the RDOS called on the Sterile Insect Release board to
find a cost-effective alternative method of control for codling moths in
apple and pear orchards.

The story explains that the SIR board has held discussions with the British
biotech firm Oxitec over the possibility of developing GM moths in the SIR
rearing facility in Osoyoos. However, that proposal has been strongly
opposed by organic fruit growers who fear they could lose their organic
certification if GM moths are released.

The SIR program currently uses radiation to make millions of reared moths
sexually sterile and then releases them to mate unsuccessfully with their
wild counterparts. This has eliminated the need to spray pesticide against
the destructive moths in many areas, especially in the South
Okanagan-Similkameen.

Joe Sardinha, president of the B.C. Fruit Growers' Association, was cited
ass adding his opposition to the genetic proposal in an address to regional
district directors Thursday.



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