We are encouraged by the news that Richmond City Council voted unanimously to make Richmond a GE crop and GE tree free zone. Congratulations to local community organizers and CBAN Member GE Free BC on this tremendous outcome from years of hard work.
The fruit growers association has taken a position against the new genetically modified apple trees (These trees are being promoted to take advantage of the fact that the fruit does not turn brown once it is cut).
The OneStraw Society encourages community awareness and action to stop GE modified plants in BC and to continue spreading the word that chemical pesticides and herbicides kill indiscriminately.
City of Richmond, BC May 22, 2012 Minutes
The question on the main motion, as amended, which now reads as: “(1) That the City of Richmond hereby opposes the cultivation of genetically engineered plants and trees in the City of Richmond, with the exception of the 3 existing dairy farm GMO corn crops found prior to this Resolution, and that from this Resolution forward, no further GM crops, trees, or plants should be grown in the City of Richmond. This also includes GM fruit trees, all GM plants and shrubbery, GM vegetables, GM commodity crops and any and all field tests for medical and experimental GM crops; (2) That Option 1: Support Consumer Choice/Advocate for Strengthened Senior Government Management as described in the report titled “City of Richmond: Response to Genetically Engineered Free BC Resolution”, dated April 26, 2012, from the Interim Director, Sustainability and District Energy be endorsed; (3) That letters be sent on behalf of Council to the Prime Minister, Premier and leaders of the Federal and Provincial opposition, and copied to relevant Ministers in the Federal and Provincial governments, Richmond MPs and MLAs, Metro Vancouver, UBCM, the LMLGA, and the FCM, advising of these resolutions and requesting strengthened management of genetically modified plants, including the introduction of mandatory labeling requirements, more transparent assessment procedures and enhanced communication with the public; and (4) That the City of Richmond agrees to revisit this resolution as pertinent new information becomes available that affects this resolution,” was then called, and it was CARRIED.