Adriane Carr wants Vancouver declared GMO-free zone

Remember those signs proclaiming that Vancouver was a "nuclear weapons free zone"?

If Green councillor Adriane Carr has her way, perhaps city hall will consider putting up "Welcome to Vancouver: a GMO free zone" signs. Carr has put a motion on council's Tuesday (May 27) meeting agenda calling for the city to declare itself a genetically-engineered free zone.

Her motion would see the "planting and growing of genetically modified crops, trees, and plants be banned in the City of Vancouver". It would also ask city staff to "investigate the opportunities to ban the sale of GMO crops, meat, fish, poultry and seeds" in the city.

As well, Carr wants the city to ask the federal and provincial governments to introduce mandatory labelling for genetically modified organisms, and to "impose a moratorium on bringing further GMOs to market for sale until a regime of independent and transparent scientific assessment and GMO management is introduced".

"In the absence of provincial legislation, many BC municipalities have declared themselves as GE-Free zones including North Vancouver, Richmond, Saanich, Nelson and Powell River," the motion's preamble states.

On Saturday (May 24), a March Against Monsanto will begin at 10 a.m. outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Do you want to see Vancouver declared a genetically-engineered free zone?

Yes 58%
132 votes
No 37%
84 votes
Undecided 5%
11 votes
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uncle Jack
What about declaring Vancouver a "stupidity free zone"??

I guess people will line up to be counted!!~
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Robert Wager
I am guessing Adriane Carr has read these:

"GM foods currently available on the international market have passed risk
assessments and are not likely to present risks for human health. In addition,
no effects on human health have been shown as a result of the consumption of
such foods by the general population in the countries where they have been
approved." (WHO)

"Moreover, the AAAS Board said, the World Health Organization, the American
Medical Association, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the British Royal
Society, and "every other respected organization that has examined the evidence
has come to the same conclusion: consuming foods containing ingredients derived
from GM crops is no riskier than consuming the same foods containing ingredients
from crop plants modified by conventional plant improvement techniques." (AAAS
2012)

"The main conclusion to be drawn from the efforts of more than 130 research
projects, covering a period of more than 25 years of research, and involving
more than 500 independent research groups, is that biotechnology, and in
particular GMOs, are not per se more risky than e.g. conventional plant breeding
technologies…Now, after 25 years of field trials without evidence of harm, fears
continue to trigger the Precautionary Principle. But Europeans need to abandon
this knowingly one-sided stance and strike a balance between the advantages and
disadvantages of the technology on the basis of scientifically sound risk
assessment analysis. (EC 2011)

“There is no validated evidence that GM crops have greater adverse impact on health and the environment than any other technology used in plant breeding…There is compelling evidence that GM crops can contribute to sustainable development goals with benefits to farmers, consumers, the environment and the economy. EASAC (2013)
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Robert Wager
perhaps Adriane should ask the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority what they think:

“There is no evidence that Health Canada approved GE foods and food crops are any less safe for human health than non-GE varieties…There is no public health reason for a ban on genetically engineered trees, plants and crops as proposed by the resolution to Council.” VCHA 2012
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eric mcleod
See you at the march! Don't forget to bring your tin foil hat.
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Mark
This is ridiculous. Are all foods going to be inspected by government workers? The only people who benefit from this will be government workers, likely unionized.

If you don't like GMO foods, simply don't buy them. We don't need the government to regulate everyone's behavior.
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Heart Beat
This is a brilliant idea! Get this Monsanto crap outta here! All the smart countries in the world are banning it. Cantada hasn't got the balls. But Hooverton as a city could do it!! YAY!
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First Officer
She's been watching too many episodes of Continuum of late.
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Bruce
Will she pledge to make Vancouver a vaccination-free zone next? Promote homeopathy instead?

Less pandering, please. This issue is one of the green/left's anti-science weak points.
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MarkFornataro
Looks from most comments so far that Monsanto and friends are out in full force being offensive just like their unnatural products. It should be a democratic right to know what we are ingesting.Good for Ms Carr.
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Robert Wager
Mark F

Are you saying the World Health Organization, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the European Commission, and the European National Academies of Science and every health authority in the world, every food safety authority in the world and every National Academy of Science in the world are all "Monsanto friends". Interesting pov
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Green? Why bother...
Absurd symbolic acts like this are a meaningless waste of taxpayer money. Remember when our city government spent time debating the Iraq war? How about the wonderful symbolism of being a "nuclear free zone?" Does the civic Green Party have an positions on civic issues they don't wrap in green?
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Norm Bog
I'm really sympathetic to the Green Party and have voted for them in the past, but when they go all anti-science, as with anti-WiFi screeds, anti-GMO motions, etc. then I think that they're not the party for me.
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Marie Skelton
I would like to see GMO's labelled. I only buy Organic food, simple, natural food. No processed food.

We have the right to know what we are eating. Why does Monsanto not want us to KNOW I WONDER.
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Ping Chan
We have the right to know what we are eating. Why does Monsanto not want us to KNOW I WONDER. The BC Liberal government does not act for the best interest of people including children who have no right to vote. Plain and simple!
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