North Okanagan pushed to ban genetically modified crops

Regional district agricultural committee will consider matter

Lumby's Huguette Allen wants the Regional District of North Okanagan to oppose genetically modified seeds and crops.

Lumby's Huguette Allen wants the Regional District of North Okanagan to oppose genetically modified seeds and crops.

The Regional District of North Okanagan is under pressure to take a stand on genetically modified crops.

About 100 people crammed into the boardroom Wednesday to ask directors to oppose cultivation of genetically modified seeds and plants on local farms.

“If you don’t make a decision, you are making a decision. You are leading us towards industrial agriculture,” said Huguette Allen, with Bee SAFE, a Lumby-based organization.

The group is concerned that genetically modified plants will lead to cross-pollination of non-GM plants, jeopardize organic certification among farmers and undermine local food sustainability.

The RDNO board has referred Bee SAFE’s request to the agricultural advisory committee for consideration.

“I look forward to a discussion about the issue – the pros and the cons,” said director Howie Cyr.

Look for more details in Friday’s Morning Star.