(Update – 28-May-2013. That night a year ago, Richmond city council rejected Monsanto’s advances. And just a few days ago Vancouver citizens held a major protest against Monsanto. Story here http://www.straight.com/blogra/385526/vancouver-residents-participate-global-monsanto-demonstration. Now, our original story from May 28, 2012, continues…) The eyes of the world should watch a city council meeting of Richmond, British Colombia, Canada tonight, May 28, as global mega-corporation Monsanto sends in a corporate lobby group (CropLife — reportedly a public relations wing of Monsanto and other biotech companies) to pressure the council to weaken or reject a motion passed last week banning genetically-engineered crops.
Richmond is highly urbanized suburb of Vancouver that still has large areas of agricultural farmland in production. On May 22, 2012, Richmond city council unanimously passed a resolution to make Richmond the eighth GE free crop zone in B.C. The city staff report on the topic, and wording of the resolution is on the city’s website here: http://www.richmond.ca/cityhall/council/agendas/gp/2012/052212_minutes.htm
The regular council meeting must ratify the motion to have effect. The meeting is set for May 28, 2012, at 7 pm at Richmond City Hall. Agenda is here:
Useful website: Society for a GE Free B.C. http://gefreebc.wordpress.com/
Richmond passes ban on genetically engineered crops
By Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun May 22, 2012
Some points of the article:
- On May 22, 2012, Richmond municipal council (British Columbia) unanimously passed a motion banning genetically modified shrubs, plants and food crops from being grown in the city.
- Richmond will now seek stronger labelling requirements and integrate education and awareness of the issues raised by GMOs into the city’s public outreach programs.
- Neither Canada nor the United States requires foods containing GMOs to be labelled, though many European jurisdictions do. http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Richmond+passes+genetically+engineered+crops/6662386/story.html#ixzz1wBeueO5S
Activists gear up to defend GMO ban
By Manori Ravindran, Vancouver Sun, May 28, 2012 http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Activists+gear+defend/6688773/story.html#ixzz1wBe3Ez4V
Richmond denies genetically-modified crops
RICHMOND/CKNW(AM980), 22 May 2012