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GMO-FREE REGIONS & POLICY: Canadian local councils discuss GE-free plans



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TITLE:   NO DECISION ON MODIFIED PLANTS

SOURCE:  Vernon Morning Star, Canada

AUTHOR:  Richard Rolke

URL:     http://www.bclocalnews.com/okanagan_similkameen/vernonmorningstar/news/125976208.html

DATE:    22.07.2011

SUMMARY: "Lumby will take some time before deciding whether use of genetically engineered organisms should be discouraged. On Monday, council received a staff report on whether the community should become a genetically modified-free zone. Instead, it will await the outcome of a committee being established in the surrounding electoral area to look at the issue further."

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NO DECISION ON MODIFIED PLANTS

Lumby will take some time before deciding whether use of genetically engineered organisms should be discouraged. On Monday, council received a staff report on whether the community should become a genetically modified-free zone. Instead, it will await the outcome of a committee being established in the surrounding electoral area to look at the issue further. ?We are going to wait on that decision so the discussion is regional in focus,? said Coun. Janet Green. The Sustainable Environment Network Society has asked Lumby to become a genetically engineered-free zone, but Green says the village is in a different situation than other local communities. ?In Lumby itself, we don?t have any acreages where people would be using the stuff,? she said referring to the residential nature of the village. However, because there are concerns about the potential implications from genetically engineered organisms, Green says council and the public should be better informed. ?We need to know wh
 en there are genetically modified products in the community,? she said. ?We do have a right to know this as citizens.?



                                  PART 2

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TITLE:   GENETIC ENGINEERING A CONCERN

SOURCE:  Vernon Morning Star, Canada

AUTHOR:  Richard Rolke

URL:     http://www.bclocalnews.com/okanagan_similkameen/vernonmorningstar/news/125976278.html

DATE:    22.07.2011

SUMMARY: "Spallumcheen is rooted on the farm, but new agricultural technology is harvesting concern. Council has asked its environmental stewardship and agricultural committee to review the potential impacts of genetically modified seeds. ?It?s scary when you look at it,? said Mayor Will Hansma. ?They (committee) can have the discussion with the agriculture community. It?s a good time to consider policies about this.?"

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GENETIC ENGINEERING A CONCERN

Spallumcheen is rooted on the farm, but new agricultural technology is harvesting concern. Council has asked its environmental stewardship and agricultural committee to review the potential impacts of genetically modified seeds. ?It?s scary when you look at it,? said Mayor Will Hansma. ?They (committee) can have the discussion with the agriculture community. It?s a good time to consider policies about this.? The Sustainable Environment Network Society has asked Spallumcheen to become a genetically engineered-free zone. ?It sends a clear message that you don?t support genetic engineering,? said Huguette Allen, SENS spokesperson, adding that the township would only indicate its opposition but there would be no bylaws. Allen says genetically engineered corn, canola, soy and sugar beets are already being grown in Canada, and birds and the wind can transport such seeds to farms where genetic engineering is not wanted. ?They can spread and breed with natural organisms. They can?t b
 e controlled,? she said, adding that genetically modified plants also require use of pesticides which can lead to air and water pollution. Allen also claims that there could be links between such plants and public health. ?It?s an experiment gone wrong,? she said. The committee will provide a report to council on its findings. ?We don?t understand the impact genetically modified products can have on us on a daily basis,? said Hansma.



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TITLE:   SPALL-AREA FARMERS TO DISCUSS GM CROPS WITH TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE

SOURCE:  AM1150, Canada

AUTHOR:  Kate Bouey

URL:     http://www.am1150.ca/News/Local/Vernon/Story.aspx?ID=1459452

DATE:    19.07.2011

SUMMARY: "Local farmers will be brought in on consultations as the District of Spallumcheen takes a look at the issue of genetically-modified crops. Former Green Party candidate Huguette Allen spoke to council Monday about the suspected hazards of GM. Mayor Will Hansma says the matter deserves further study. ?When you start listening to the impacts...you start to wonder whether or not it?s something you might want to consider as a township,? says Hansma."

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SPALL-AREA FARMERS TO DISCUSS GM CROPS WITH TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE

Local farmers will be brought in on consultations as the District of Spallumcheen takes a look at the issue of genetically-modified crops. Former Green Party candidate Huguette Allen spoke to council Monday about the suspected hazards of GM. Mayor Will Hansma says the matter deserves further study. ?When you start listening to the impacts...you start to wonder whether or not it?s something you might want to consider as a township,? says Hansma. Council has referred the issue to its environmental stewardship and agriculture committee which will hold talks with the agricultural advisory group, a liason body representing farmers.

Spall council has given final approval to its Official Community Plan. ?It?s a document that we, as a Township, can be very proud of,? says Hansma. He says significant changes have been made to allow for more flexibility on large and small holdings and country residential properties. He says Township?s consulation process was the most inclusive ever. [...]