Ban GMOs in Vancouver: Green Party councillor
Vancouver Green Party Coun. Adriane Carr wants to see genetically engineered goods banned from the city. (REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
"I want to be sure in our aim to be bird and bee friendly we’re not purchasing these plants that could have a detrimental impact." — Coun. Adriane Carr
Green Party Coun. Adriane Carr wants to introduce a motion at Vancouver City Hall to ban all genetically engineered products in the city — similar to what the cities of Richmond, North Vancouver, Saanich, Nelson and Powell River have already done.
Carr said a ban needs to be in place in the absence of provincial legislation, since the presence of GMO products could contribute to the reduction of bird and bee populations in the city.
“My interest is that it’s more than just a proclamation. I think we need to walk the talk in terms of genetically engineered plants if we are truly committed to being a bird and bee friendly city,” she said on Monday.
“The motion would set in place an actual requirement that nurseries, wholesale suppliers of plants, check out (produce) to see if they are GE-free — and then only supply within the city those (goods) that are GE-free.”
Meanwhile, the Society for a GE Free B.C. said in a statement Monday that the provincial government still hasn’t reviewed a genetically engineered apple — the Arctic Apple — developed by a Summerland, B.C. company, that could hit stores with Health Canada approval.
“The government needs to carry out a review which is fair, transparent and receives adequate input from consumers, farmers and scientific experts,” said Tony Beck of the society in a statement.