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.

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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.

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