District of Lantzville Coun. Andrew Mostad and resident Jordan Gail want genetically engineered crops and animals out of British Columbia.
In a letter reviewed in council last night, Gail requested support for a resolution being voted on at the next week's Union of B.C. Municipalities convention, citing "serious concern" across the province over safety, corporate control and contamination of non-GE crops.
Twelve municipalities have passed individual resolutions declaring themselves a "GE free zone" including Saltspring Island, Saanich and Denman Island. Mostad said the resolution passed through the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities "with flying colours" and is expected to easily pass in UBCM.
"(Lantzville) doesn't necessarily want to bring it forward in council which, in my mind, is a shame," Mostad said.
"I think if we pressed them they would probably be for the ban as well. It's just a matter of jurisdiction in their minds."
Gail said thinks it's important to open a dialogue and do something about GE crops, and at the very least would like to see mandatory food labeling.
"I think its one of the more important issues (in B.C.)," he said. "There probably is a role for genetically modified food somewhere, in areas of extreme poverty maybe, but not here."
Gail feels the district shouldn't be so hesitant to pass resolutions with little clout.
"They have no ability to enforce these things they're passing but at least it shows, as a community and a council, they're in support of this," Gail said. "I know a number of communities that have already adopted this."
Most major commodity crops in B.C. are genetically engineered, including corn, canola and soy.
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