AUG. 14 LETTER: No genetic engineering

A grassroots campaign called GE (genetically engineered) Free BC has been sweeping the province over the last couple of years.


A grassroots campaign called GE (genetically engineered) Free BC has been sweeping the province over the last couple of years.

To date, more than 60 municipal councils have endorsed resolutions sponsored by local citizens to “support the creation of a GE Free Zone … based on objection to the release into the environment of genetically engineered/modified organisms until the long term consequences of such products and organisms are fully understood, or have been sufficiently shown to have no deleterious environmental, economic and health effects.”

Currently, our organization is supporting this petition in Grand Forks because we understand that the proliferation of genetically engineered crops have generated human health concerns, crop contamination, environmental and economic concerns when independent studies are taken into consideration.

Anyone interested can pursue further information at or the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network:

People can add their signatures until the end of tomorrow (Aug. 15) at the New West Trading Co and Pedaller’s Place on Market Avenue, as well as Dr. Salmon’s Chiropractic Office on Third Avenue.

The petition will be non-binding on local Council when it is presented to them on Aug. 19 but will be a clear indication of our great concern about the unproven nature of GE crops and the threats newly-developed genetically modified alfalfa and apples present to regular and organic agriculture in the region.

It is our hope that council will not only honour our views on this topic, but be willing to vote for the motion to make the entire province a GE free zone when our representatives attend the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) convention this fall.

Sheila Dobie, chair, Grand Forks and Boundary Regional Agriculture Society

Just Posted

Endoscopy Campaign wraps up at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

The KBRH Health Foundation recently held a donor ceremony for contributors to its $450,000 tally

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

Elections 2018: Meet your Grand Forks Council Candidates

The biographies of the 13 candidates for City of Grand Forks council

PLACE NAMES: Kootenay Landing to Reffek

Boundary railway siding was named after a BC Copper Company manager – but spelled backward

Meeting called on border change

Local residents who feel the impact of the change in border are encouraged to attend this meeting.

Naked man jumping into Toronto shark tank a ‘premeditated’ stunt: official

The man swam in a tank at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

In Florida, families seeking the missing amid storm damage

Five days after the hurricane slammed into the Florida Panhandle, people are struggling to locate friends and loved ones.

Prince Harry and Meghan start Aussie tour with baby gifts

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.

EU’s Barnier hopes Brexit deal possible in ‘coming weeks’

Britain is set to leave the European Union in March, but a Brexit agreement must be sealed in coming weeks to leave enough time for relevant parliaments to ratify it.

Earth samples show dust from B.C. pipeline blast not a health threat: Enbridge

Enbridge says earth sampling shows mineral and metal composition is well below provincial and federal standards for urban and residential areas.

Postal services ready for looming wave of legal cannabis deliveries

Legal cannabis is set to usher in a wave of high-value, age-restricted parcels in the mail system, and delivery companies say they’re ready.

Mega Millions prize of $654M is nation’s 4th-largest

No one has won the U.S. jackpot in almost three months

Trump: Saudi king ‘firmly denies’ any role in Khashoggi mystery

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is travelling to the Middle East to learn more about the fate of the Saudi national

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

Allen died in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Most Read