The highly contentious issue of genetically modified crops is being tossed back to the politicians.
The agricultural advisory committee has decided the Regional District of North Okanagan board must determine any future direction on genetically modified organisms in the community.
“We are only an advisory body and we weren’t tasked to come up with a recommendation. We were asked to just consider the matter,” said Mike Macnabb, committee chairperson and BX-Silver Star director.
Macnabb also believes that the controversial nature of GMOs may have forced some volunteers to leave the committee and their skill base would be lost.
“We have other issues to focus on besides GMOs.”
However, he admits that sending the matter to the RDNO board was not unanimous among committee members.
“Some people want a complete ban on GMO crops but we don’t have the authority to do that,” he said of the regional district.
“The provincial government is the first level to do anything and the federal government is the top level.”
Macnabb says the preference of some committee members is for RDNO not to get actively involved and for residents to pursue personal choice on what they eat and grow.
“People can make their own decisions,” he said.
It’s not known if the issue will be discussed by members of the RDNO board at their meeting Nov. 6.