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Stop the GM Apple! Take Action before June 3
05-19-2012, 03:23 PM,
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Stop the GM Apple! Take Action before June 3
A small BC company called Okanagan Specialty Fruits has just submitted a request to Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for approval of a genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered) “non-browning” apple. Contamination from GM apples threatens the future of our apples, and the farmers who grow them.

1. Send your comments to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency before June 3, 2012 at http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/plaveg/bio/subs/biocome.asp

Tell the government that you don’t want to eat a GM apple!
- Consumers don’t want GM apples.
- The GM "non-browning" apple will mislead consumers by presenting an apple that looks freshly cut or unbruised when it is not.
- BC apple growers have already rejected the GM apple.
- Contamination from GM apple trees is a risk to Canadian apple producers.
- The CFIA and Health Canada should not be wasting public funds reviewing a GM apple that no one wants.
- The government should consult with farmers and consumers before approving any new GM crop.

You can see the notice of the submission for approval of the GM apple at: http://inspection.gc.ca/plants/plants-with-novel-traits/notices-of-submission/okanagan-specialty-fruits-inc-/eng/1335141426301/1335142810470

This is just the first of many actions needed to stop the GM apple.

2. You can also sign a petition created by the British Columbia NDP here:
https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEVua2pOc0ZjWjZNeVFhd1FRMmNwVGc6MQ

3. For more information and to get more involved see http://www.cban.ca/apple

Background

The genetically modified (GM) “non-browning” apple is engineered to keep from going brown after being cut. This apple is designed for fast food companies and other companies that use pre-cut apples. The technology was developed in Australia and was licensed by small BC company Okanagan Specialty Fruits.

Okanagan Specialty Fruits asked for approval in the US in March 2010 and has just asked for approval in Canada. The GM apple has not yet been approved anywhere in the world.

BC apple growers stopped the GM apple from being field tested in Canada in 2001. The federal agricultural research station in Summerland in the Okanagan valley, an important fruit growing area, was preparing to start field trials but BC growers who were concerned about contamination stopped them from happening.

Many apple grower associations in Canada and the US oppose the GM apple, including the BC Fruit Tree Association.

This action alert was issued on May 18 2012 by Bee SAFE, the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, GE Free BC, Okanagan Greens Society, True Food Foundation and Vigilance OGM.
An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
Mohandas Gandhi


Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind.
Did you think you were put here for something less?
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05-19-2012, 07:03 PM,
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RE: Stop the GM Apple! Take Action before June 3
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I would have inserted a picture of half of an apple stapled to a fish, but apparently such is a new idea? New picture market, perhaps? But in all seriousness, not to sound to cynical here, they will not listen to consumers. If anything, they will do the GMO in secret. I know the FDA here in the good ole US of A, where the people are in charge and all that, just ignored a one million signature petition to simply require the *labeling* of GMO foods, not even to halt it.
http://blog.friendseat.com/fda-ignores-signatures-supporting-gmo-labeling
Oh well, it is only .003% of the population, what do they know? Never mind what polls say...
http://www.gmwatch.org/latest-listing/1-news-items/12928-eight-nine-percent-of-americans-want-gm-labeling-nyt-poll
http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-18563_162-4086518.html
Sadly, they will continue on their plight until the end, which is their plans. Do not forget, the same people supporting Monsanto financially (the Big Guys) are also funding these "doomsday" seed vaults in the arctic and Norway and everywhere else. Hopefully they can be stopped. Reality, however, seems to claim otherwise so far.
Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. - Henry L. Mencken

I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant. - Henry L. Mencken
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05-19-2012, 08:19 PM,
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RE: Stop the GM Apple! Take Action before June 3
Maybe the polls aren't for them, maybe the polls are for us!
An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
Mohandas Gandhi


Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind.
Did you think you were put here for something less?
Chief Arvol Looking Horse
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05-20-2012, 02:15 PM,
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RE: Stop the GM Apple! Take Action before June 3
The petitions are to show respectable responsible legal opposition to a course of action.

We are exercising due diligence and have done a hazard analysis of the proposed course of action and we want the hazards eliminated or controlled to a level that is reasonably practicable. We are required to do this by law in this province.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act in Alberta requires this of organizations operating in Alberta. This is a minimum standard, we can do better than this but we can't legally do less than this Act requires.

We have these laws in place and we should require that they be enforced.

If you live in a different country or jurisdiction find out what the laws, which you are subject to, say.

We need to exhaust our legal remedies first.
An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
Mohandas Gandhi


Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind.
Did you think you were put here for something less?
Chief Arvol Looking Horse
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