If the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities gets its way, genetically modified crops will no longer be welcome on Island soil.

The collective of regional politicians voted Sunday to ban GMO food and seeds. The motion, put forth by Metchosin Coun. Moralea Milne, passed by an overwhelming margin.

“Perhaps five people voted against it,” Milne said.

After explaining her opposition to GMOs, Milne heard a “rumble of dissatisfaction” from Al Seabring, a councillor from North Cowichan. However, to her surprise, Seabring endorsed the idea, and said it should be extended to all of B.C.

Although she’s “very proud” of the motion, Milne admits that it’s mostly a symbolic gesture. AVICC will move the motion to the Union of B.C. Municipalities, but it is not likely to garner much traction.

“The twist with this is that UBCM doesn’t really respond to regional issues,” she said. “I might have to tweak it somehow to bring it to them, maybe make the motion for the entire province.”

Milne told Metro she’s skeptical about scientific reports that suggest GMO crops are harmless.

“Most of the science that comes out of the industry, I trust it as much as I trust the science that came from the tobacco industry when they said tobacco was safe,” she said. “We need better science out there done by non-interested parties.”

GMO seeds, such as Monsanto’s Roundup Ready brand, cannot be harvested for multiple seasons, and must be purchased every year. Milne says that can lead to problems associated with mono-cropping.

“I just don’t like the idea of a corporation owning seeds,” she said.

Responses to "Vancouver Island politicians vote to ban GMOs"

  1. Salma says:

    lets make it happen. we need to implement the ban with our action and awareness

  2. Anonymous says:

    It is about time but do not just play it lip service, do it, ban GMOs now!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Alright !! This is wonderful news, lets make this happen people! And please ban the use of neonicotinoid insecticides it's killing the bee population around the world, just ask Europe. Another wonderful dangerous product brought to you by MONSANTO !! controlling the worlds food supply one step at a time

  4. Anonymous says:

    After Monsanto hears this I hope a lot of politicians don't cave into the money?
    That's what they are really good at doing.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The reason why most politicians vote FOR Monsanto is simple: like everyone else, they work for the people that PAY them. They get great kickbacks from passing bills such as the Monsanto act, which puts Monsanto literally above the law (you can't sue them even if at some point we discover overwhelming evidence against GMOs). Monsanto also raises incredible funds for their campaigns to stay in office. So the politicians find themselves working for banks and corporations, very much against the interests of the citizens they are supposed to represent. The Banking Regulation Association, which is supposed to regulate the banking system, has never once, not once, taken a single bank to court.
    In Washington, the level of greed and corruption has now reached epic proportions. Democrat or Republican, it's the same crap, different toilet.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Ban GMO now! Don't let them kill our environment!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Most Corporations only care about their bottom line plus millions for their ceos.They do not care about the working class dont pay decent wages.People had better wake up and know that most republican politicians and some dems are bought off by corporations.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I live on the island. Why haven't I heard of this at all in the papers or on the radio? Nobody's talking about it either!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Because the media and news papers are run by our government now, right hear in Canada,and it's only going to get worse. The lies we are told and we believe it all like sheep. Soon the government will manufacture consent through lies,fear mongering, inside terrorist jobs and most will be begging to have their right taken away all in the name of feeling safe.
    Google the movie Thrive it's long but very informative, and you will understand what's going on right before you, and you don't even know it.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Look what the Harper government is trying to do to CBC right now!! CBC used to be some of the best investigative journalism in this country. And I didn't mind my tax dollars going to fund this. It keep the politicians honest.
    If this federal government has it way it will basically be "State" run operation. You want a government job? become a journalist.
    Other commenter mentioned the movie 'Thrive" Excellent! catch it on You Tube. If you want to be informed!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Monsanto should be banned in Canada altogether, there are countries out there that have banned all Monsanto products.So why does our government and the states endorse it. Well, because greedy assholes in power don't care about the people, they just care about their wallets. Hey, ever wonder if the same folks who endorse these things eat Monsanto products. Bet they don't.

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