Food Labeling – Our Right to Know Event

The Council of Canadians – Kelowna Chapter


Food Labeling – Our Right to Know

If you agree that food is essential; that seed-saving is not a crime and that farmers should not be sued when GMO seed/pollen lands in their fields, and that we all deserve the right to have GMO food labeled,  then please join us on:

Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm
Unitarian Hall, 1310 Bertram (& Cawston), Kelowna

“David vs. Monsanto”, a film by Bertram Verhaag

Imagine that a storm blows across your garden and that now, genetically-manipulated seeds are in your crops. A multi-national corporation pays you a visit, and demands that you surrender your crops – and then sues you for $200 000 for the illegal use of patented, GM seeds. In this definitive David and Goliath battle, one farmer stands up against a massive multinational, and their right to claim ownership to a living organism.
This is an engrossing film about the battle between ‘David’ ( Percy Schmeiser a small farmer) and ‘Goliath’ (Monsanto). The definitive documentary on our increasingly genetically modified world.

With Special Guest Panel:

Alex Atamanenko: NDP MP for the BC Southern Interior  and is currently serving on the Standing Committee for Agriculture and Agri-Food, former critic portfolios include Agriculture & Agri-Food, Rural Affairs and Canadian Wheat Board.
Heidi Osterman: A certified nutritionist and founder of the True Food Foundation. After seeing the documentary the Future of Food in March of 2010, Heidi has worked non-stop to understand what is happening with our food supply.

Robert Dixon: An experienced organic inspector who has been active for over fifteen years in the Okanagan. Organic certification is the only food production process that explicitly prohibits genetically modified organisms.

All are very passionate about the topic of food production, the elimination GMOs and the need for food labeling.

Following the film & panel, the Kelowna Chapter will hold it’d AGM followed by a potluck supper & social. Please join us.

Email Karen Abramsen at for more information.

Let’s get food labeling legislation unstuck!

By Gwen Smith, Editor – Allergic Living magazine

Dear B.C. and Alberta Chapters of the CCA,

As you’ve probably heard, Canada’s allergy groups and the CCA wrote to Prime Minister Harper at the end of October urging him to keep his government’s promise to pass the new food labelling legislation that would require food manufacturers to identify gluten and priority allergens clearly on package ingredient lists.

That promise was made in July 2008 and, after a lengthy review process, the new label regulations were ready to pass in February 2010. But instead of being moved forward into law, they’ve stalled.

To assist the groups’ effort to press the government to honour this vital commitment, Allergic Living magazine last week launched an online write-in campaign so that individuals can easily send a templated letter by e-mail to the Prime Minister. It copies the Health Minister, the President of the Treasury Board (where the legislation sits now) and the Minister of Agriculture (CFIA is under his wing).

In just one week, over 1,800 people have sent letters, with their own comments added. See:

We would greatly appreciate it if you could spread the word to your chapter about this online campaign. The more letters we can get to the PM, the more the government takes notice. We hope that grassroots support will finally lead to the passing of vital legislation.

In fact it was Marion Zarkadas, today a member of the CCA’s advisory board, who worked to draft the original version of these regulations in the 1990s. In 2006, she told Allergic Living – “If this goes through this year, nobody in the whole world will be happier than me.”

Well, that didn’t happen. But today, we’re closer than we were in 2006, closer than we’ve ever been to seeing the regulations through. They have passed the first phase (Canada Gazette 1) and all the consultations. All that’s needed now is the political will to see that the regulations are enacted.

This is why we need everybody’s voice to FINALLY push these regulations forward.

Thanks so much in advance – and do send along links if you are able to spread the word. We’ll post them on our Forum.

Best regards,

Gwen Smith
Editor, Allergic Living magazine