Against GMO

Index of ways to take action against the encroachment of GMO crops

Action against genetically engineered 'Arctic' Apple

Love the Apple - No GMOBee SAFE, along with the Society for a GE Free BC, CBAN and the Health Action Network Society (HANS) are asking the BC Government to declare a moratorium on the GM apple and we're asking retailers to commit to not selling the GM apple.

PLEASE HELP by doing 3 things:

  1. Go to your local store and ask the manager to commit to not sell the GM apple.
  2. Collect signatures on the BC petition and place petitions in local popular spots.
  3. Write, call or meet with your MLA to ask him to support a moratorium on the GM apple.

Attached is a Poster explaining the campaign, and a Petition. Click here for all the facts on the GM apple.

We are working on getting a private member's bill presented in the legislature asking for a moratorium on the GM apple. We think the GE apple can be stopped because all municipalities in BC have passed a resolution against it, apple grower associations in BC and Washington State have publicly come out against the apple, and no one wants the apple except the company in the Okanagan developing it. 

There are 4 things you can do to make this happen:

  1. Print the attached petition and display it in your community - at markets, in stores, at events, anywhere you can, and gather as many signatures as possible.
    Let us know where in your community petitions will be available so we can let others know.
  1. Let all the stores where you shop know that you do not want the GM apple and ask the manager to please not stock it so as not to confuse buyers.
  2. Send letters to your local paper letting people know about the campaign and asking them to sign the petition.
  3. Contact your MLA's office to tell them you do not want the GM apple.
    See links to all MLA     at       http://www.leg.bc.ca/mla/3-1-1.htm

Show your support for GE-Free

You can show that you support healthy agriculture by placing a Bee SAFE sign in evidence on your property. If only those who grow GM crops and use dangerous chemicals such as Roundup don't have the signs, it will allow people to know what is being grown and sold in their community.
Tell others! The more Bee SAFE signs there are, the stronger the message that this area wants safe agriculture.

Purchase a Bee SAFE sign.

Speak up

SPEAK UP:

  1. Be convinced. Read the information provided on this website and understand that government is not protecting our food supply and that it's up to us, to you, to act on this and that acting is urgently needed if we want clean water, clean air, and healthy food that is not corporately controlled. 
  2. Tell your mayor and council or area director, your MLA and MP, you want your community protected from GM contamination and that you expect them to take action immediately to stop new GM crops from being planted. Urge them to act in their capacity as elected leader to rid your community of existing crops. Send them an email and please copy beesafemonashees@gmail.com so we can keep track of the support for GMO free communities.
  3. Hold a public presentation. If you don't get a satisfactory answer from your mayor or director within one week, phone or email again requesting they have you come as a delegation - this will allow you to speak to council for 10 minutes. Either use this as a base or let Bee SAFE know immediately and we will send you a 10 minute verbal presentation you can make. If you feel you need more expertise, we will accompany you and be willing to answer questions from council.
  4. Hold a vote?If your elected officials do not act, then hold a vote in your community. This requires getting lots of public attention first, so make sure to write local media, and have voting ballots and boxes available in public places for at least one month to give everyone a chance to vote. Contact us if you need help setting this up. 
  5. If all else fails, GM crops will have to be eradicated by other means. Can GM growers be persuaded to change?  Many are now doing this.  In Europe, GM crops were eradicated. Let us know what your thoughts are and let us continue to do all we can to stop polluting agriculture and to build healthy communities. 

 

 

Make your Community GE-Free

Make your Community GM Crop Free before PHARMACEUTICAL Crops contaminate your food supply.

For years we've actively campaigned local as well as provincial and federal governments, to become GE-Free. Members have given private and public presentations and handed MP Colin Mayes written bills urging him to present them in the House of Commons. Members have handed Regional District of the North Okanagan directors as well as various mayors and councils motions they could use to stop GM Crops.  None of this has yet been done, which is why we felt we had to start the Bee SAFE movement.

Since then, we've given more presentations, have shown films, held events and garden tours, and have allowed citizens in Cherryville and Rural Lumby to vote as to whether they want agriculture that is GMO FREE. Over 93% of voters said they want GM Contamination stopped.

You see, once GM crops are grown, they contaminate all wild and cultivated plants in the same family that are within reach of pollination by wind or insect. So if we want to keep our food supply healthy, we need to stop GM contamination. GMO are dangerous to our health.

Already sweet corn is contaminated. 33% of the sweet corn sold in markets and stores throughout BC is contaminated with GMO. Already Canola test plots have been grown in the riding, and repeatedly sprayed with dangerous chemicals that are banned in Europe. At least one of those plots was within close distance to a primary school yard and was sprayed numerous times during the school year.

The next GM crops to be approved are GM apple, GM fish, GM trees, GM alfalfa, GM pharmacrops. These turn ordinary plants such as corn into factories that can produce antibiotics, insulin, blood thinners, cancer drugs.... In the US, pharma corn has been provento contaminate other crops. If you want to make sure the food you grow or buy is not contaminated with antibiotics or blood thinners, then you must fight GM CROPS IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY.

March Against Monsanto

Saturday, 24 May 2014 - 12:00pm
Vernon
Old Library - 32nd Ave & 30th St

The crowd gathersOn Saturday, May 24, about a hundred people marched and demonstrated in Vernon, against Monsanto's Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and the pesticides used with GM crops. This yearly event saw people all over the world telling governments to ban GM crops and stop Monsanto's domination over seeds.

People who gathered in Vernon expressed their frustrations at the lack of local government action in heeding the will of the people. As many stated “hundreds of people and groups sent letters to RDNO and hundreds more showed up to say we want to be GE FREE, and still nothing has been done – what will it take to move them?” See more pictures here and check out - and like - the new Facebook Vernon MAM thanks to Jaye!.

Research linking Roundup with the rising rates of Autism, severe allergies and cancers are making people realize there is no point in continuing to look for cures when the causes are known and being ignored. Since Saturday noon is a time when most growers around Vernon are at farmers' markets, having 100 people showing up for a march, should send a strong signal to politicians that people want rid of GM crops and Roundup.

32nd Ave in front of the old Library in Vernon

 

27th St between 30th and 32nd Ave

And this one says it all!  One of the signs made by a teen