Politicians support GE-free B.C.

Motion was voted on at the Union of British Columbian Municipalities annual convention, today in Vancouver.

Municipalities across the provinces are supporting a genetically engineered (GE) free B.C.

The motion was voted on at the Union of British Columbian Municipalities annual convention, today (Sept. 19), in Vancouver.

With dozens of motions put forth they are often voted on in blocks.

The GE-free B.C. motion, in with 23 others, was removed from the block and discussed individually, said Metchosin Coun. Moralea Milne.

Politicians took turns at the “pro” and “con” microphones.

“It was by far the most liveliest and most intense discussions of the day,” she said.

Some of the concerns of passing the motion included making it tougher of farmers and a loss of food supply. Others who were for passing the motion feared the science behind GE food products and the effects on the environment.

Of the voters, 60 per cent voted to support the motion.

“There were people who were farmers saying they were against it, and other farmers were saying they were for it,” said Milne. “It’ wasn’t farmers versus urban folks.”

Milne is pleased the motion will be brought forward to the province. She also plans to meet with Agriculture Minister Pam Pimm.

The passing resolution read, “that UBCM ask the British Columbia government to legislate the prohibition of importing, exporting and growing plants and seeds containing genetically engineered DNA, and raising GE animals within B.C., and to declare, through legislation, that BC is a GE Free area in respect to all plant and animal species.”

Already 14 municipalities in B.C., including Metchosin, have declared themselves GE-free zones.

The motion was previously supported by the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities.