Lumby digs into potential plant ban

Politicians will investigate whether genetically modified plants have a place in Lumby.

Huguette Allen, an environmental advocate, made a pitch Monday for Lumby to become a genetically engineered free zone.

“She has a compelling story,” said Mayor Kevin Acton.

However, no decision has been made and council will research issues surrounding genetically modified plants and seeds.

“It warrants having a look at,” said Acton.

“I’m not a scientist. I don’t know much about it.”

However, Acton says Allen shouldn’t limit her campaign just to Lumby.

“She should go to the North Okanagan Regional District where there is agricultural land,” he said.

Allen believes there is a need to be concerned about genetically modified plants and their potential impact.

“The more we know about genetically modified plants, the more dangerous we know they are,” she said.

“It’s an experiment being waged on people.”

Allen claims that tests on animals have shown that health risks can arise from use of the technology.

She believes there are genetically modified plants already being used in the North Okanagan and she would like communities to take a stand.

“I hope Lumby will be a genetically engineered free zone so when other things go on the market, we can send a clear message that we don’t want it,” she said.

However, Allen insists that declaring Lumby a genetically modified free zone would not be a ban or restrict farmers’ activities.

“It would not be just legally binding. It would be just an opportunity to educate farmers.”