Stop the GM apple campaign

Courtesy CBAN

A small BC company called Okanagan Specialty Fruits has just submitted a request to Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for approval of a genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered) “non-browning” apple. Contamination from GM apples threatens the future of our apples, and the farmers who grow them.

1. Send your comments to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency before July 3, 2012 at http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/plaveg/bio/subs/biocome.asp

Tell the government that you don’t want to eat a GM apple!

  • Consumers don’t want GM apples.
  • The GM “non-browning” apple will mislead consumers by presenting an apple that looks freshly cut or unbruised when it is not.
  • BC apple growers have already rejected the GM apple.
  • Contamination from GM apple trees is a risk to Canadian apple producers.
  • The CFIA and Health Canada should not be wasting public funds reviewing a GM apple that no one wants.
  • The government should consult with farmers and consumers before approving any new GM crop.

You can see the notice of the submission for approval of the GM apple at: http://inspection.gc.ca/plants/plants-with-novel-traits/notices-of-submission/okanagan-specialty-fruits-inc-/eng/1335141426301/1335142810470

This is just the first of many actions needed to stop the GM apple.

2. For more information and to get more involved see http://www.cban.ca/apple

Background

The genetically modified (GM) “non-browning” apple is engineered to keep from going brown after being cut. This apple is designed for fast food companies and other companies that use pre-cut apples. The technology was developed in Australia and was licensed by small BC company Okanagan Specialty Fruits.

Okanagan Specialty Fruits asked for approval in the US in March 2010 and has just asked for approval in Canada. The GM apple has not yet been approved anywhere in the world.

BC apple growers stopped the GM apple from being field tested in Canada in 2001. The federal agricultural research station in Summerland in the Okanagan valley, an important fruit growing area, was preparing to start field trials but BC growers who were concerned about contamination stopped them from happening.

Many apple grower associations in Canada and the US oppose the GM apple, including the BC Fruit Tree Association.

This action alert was re-issued on May 31 2012 by Bee SAFE, the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, GE Free BC, Okanagan Greens Society, True Food Foundation and Vigilance OGM.

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Anti-GMO Forums in the Southern Interior

by Canadian Biotechnology Action Network

Public Forums in British Columbia: “Genetic Modification and the Future of Food”

September 18 – October 1, 2011. Kelowna, Nelson, Grand Forks, Osoyoos, Keremeos, Princeton, Langley, Vancouver, Bella Coola, Richmond, Comox, Campbell River!

Featuring Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, Ottawa

Genetically modified (GM) crops and foods are a threat to the environment and to the future of organic food and farming. What GM foods are on the market and what is coming? What actions can we take to stop GM apples, salmon and alfalfa? Join us to get the latest information and ask your questions!

Presented by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network and The Society for a GE Free BC in collaboration with the Okanagan Greens Society, Council of Canadians Vancouver, Health Action Network Society (HANS), Alex Atamanenko MP for BC Southern Interior, Bella Coola Valley Sustainable Agricultural Society, Grand Forks Agricultural Society, GE Watch Comox Valley, Save Our Similkameen (SOS), Richmond Food Security Society.

Come on out! For info, updates, event posters and flyers see: http://www.cban.ca/events

Sunday September 18 – Kelowna
CBAN @ the 6th Annual Organic Okanagan Festival, Kelowna
1:00-1:45 Lucy Sharratt, CBAN Coordinator, speaking in the Pyramid
11:00 – 5:00 visit the CBAN info table!
Location: Summerhill Pyramid Winery, 4870 Chute Lake Road, Kelowna

Enjoy the lecture series and films, live music, children’s entertainment and the entire marketplace with over 70 green living exhibitors! Enjoy, sample, shop and learn with Activist Alley, the Green Building Expo, an Organic Farmer’s Market and much more! For more information http://www.okanagangreens.ca Festival general admission is $6 plus a non-perishable food item for the Kelowna Community Food Bank. Students $4, Children under 10 FREE! Bike riders FREE!

Monday September 19 – Nelson
7:00PM – 9:00PM, United Church Hall, Nelson, Free Admission
Featuring Lucy Sharratt, CBAN Coordinator, with panelists Jon Steinman of Deconstructing Dinner and and GE Free Kootenays; food systems activist Abra Brynne, and Alex Atamanenko, MP for BC Southern Interior.
Hosted by Alex Atamanenko, MP for BC Southern Interior. Co-sponsored by CBAN and The Society for a GE Free BC.

Tuesday September 20 – Nelson
Community Donation Day 8AM-8PM, Kootenay Co-op, 295 Baker Street
1% of all your purchases go to CBAN! Come on out to buy goods for good!

Tuesday September 20 – Grand Forks
7:00 – 9:00PM Grand Forks Seniors Hall, 565 71st Avenue, Free Admission
Featuring Lucy Sharratt, CBAN Coordinator, with Alex Atamanenko, MP for BC Southern Interior; Sheila Dobie, Seed Bank Project; Roly Russell, president, Grand Forks Agricultural Society; and J.J. Verigin, Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ (Doukhobors).
Hosted by Alex Atamanenko, MP for BC Southern Interior. Co-sponsored by CBAN, The Society for a GE Free BC, and Grand Forks Agricultural Society.

Wednesday September 21 – Osoyoos
2:00 PM Sonora Centre, 8505 68th Avenue, Osoyoos, Free Admission
Featuring Lucy Sharratt, CBAN Coordinator, with Allan Patton, Oliver farmer and Regional District director and Alex Atamanenko, MP for BC Southern Interior.
Hosted by Alex Atamanenko, MP for BC Southern Interior. Co-sponsored by CBAN and The Society for a GE Free BC.

Wednesday September 21 – Keremeos
7:00-9:00 PM Victory Hall, 427 7th Avenue, Keremeos, Free Admission
Featuring Lucy Sharratt, CBAN Coordinator, with Alex Atamanenko, MP for BC Southern Interior; Andrea Turner, Similkameen Okanagan Organic Producers Association; and Lee McFadyen, Live Earth Organic Growers Association.
Hosted by Alex Atamanenko, MP for BC Southern Interior. Co-sponsored by CBAN and The Society for a GE Free BC.

Thursday, September 22 – Princeton
7:00PM – 9:00PM Princeton Legion, 170 Bridge Street, Free Admission
Featuring Lucy Sharratt, CBAN Coordinator, with Alex Atamanenko, MP for BC Southern Interior and other panelists.
Hosted by Alex Atamanenko, MP for BC Southern Interior. Co-sponsored by CBAN, The Society for a GE Free BC, and Save Our Similkameen (SOS)