Food Advocacy

The health and viability of the Cowichan food system is inherently linked to the broader political, social, and economic landscapes of the Province of BC and Canada. Working to advance policies and/or to address policy issues that are important to our membership and community, CGC staff and board advocate for a just and sustainable food system.

Recent Initiatives


City of Duncan’s GE Free Purchasing Policy

May 2014

CGC staff was invited to consult on the discussion and development of a GE Free Purchasing Policy for the City of Duncan. An action item of the City’s March 2013 draft “Integrated Community Sustainability Plan,” the City recognizes that there is a lack of consensus on the safety of GE crops and animals and has agreed to abstain from purchasing GE foods, plants, and seeds where possible. This is the first of such policies developed in Canada and

The Policy states that:

The City of Duncan opposes the cultivation of genetically engineered plants and trees in the City of Duncan, and will apply the precautionary principle by undertaking the following actions:

a. The City of Duncan will abstain from purchasing genetically engineered plants, trees and seeds to grow within the City.

b. The City of Duncan will refrain from purchasing genetically engineered foods for City events, where reasonable. Genetically engineered foods may include non-organic soya, canola, corn, sugars derived from sugar beets, papaya, imported dairy, squash, and fish products.

For more information on genetically engineered foods, check out our Primer to GMOs page and other GMO resources.

Project News

  • Before Your Plate

    Before Your Plate The Before Your Plate program is getting ready to run its Second Term from January 10th to April 13th, 2017. Interviews are still taking place until January 10th. Applicants interested in applying can contact Alyssa Loucks at alyssa@c …

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Upcoming Events

    • Organic Master Gardener Course

      Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - Thursday, May 18, 2017
      Organic Master Gardener in Duncan! CGC will host this dynamic 8-week course from Gaia College March 28 - May 18 (Tuesday and Thursday evenings). Learn the foundations of organic land care - topics include: soil biology, botany, composting, soil fertility, waterwise gardening, permaculture, garden installation, tree pruning, landscape health, and garden design. Be prepared for a paradigm shift! Tuition: $695 + GST Space is limited, register early! Register at the Garden Pantry Store, 360 Duncan Street, Duncan. There will be a FREE information session on Monday March 14th at 6:00 pm at CGC. For more information call Nora at 250.748.8506
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