Directors want terms clarified

The Electoral Area Advisory Committee is looking at policies regarding the growing of genetically modified organisms

A full understanding of terminology is needed before two communities send a message about genetically modified food.

The Electoral Area Advisory Committee is holding back temporarily on proposed policies regarding the growing of genetically modified organisms in Cherryville and rural Lumby.

“We want a further definition on the wording,” said Rick Fairbairn, rural Lumby director.

“The policy referred to genetically engineered and is genetically modified organisms the same as GE or are they independent from each other?”

But once terms are clarified, the goal is to proceed with an official community plan change because residents in both areas have asked for it.

However, Cherryville director Eugene Foisy points out that referencing GMOs does not mean the products are banned.

“It (OCP) will encourage people to get into non-GMO stuff but we don’t have any power to stop it,” he said.

Recently, the Regional District of North Okanagan board asked the federal government to establish the appropriate agency to regulate, test and assess the safety of GMO foods in Canada.