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Richmond passes ban on genetically engineered crops

Posted: May 30, 2012 |   Comments

Richmond council has passed a motion banning genetically modified plants and crops from being grown in the city, the first predominantly agricultural jurisdiction in B.C. to enact such a ban.

The motion passed unanimously by council Tuesday night was considerably stronger than the action recommended by city staff, who suggested lobbying senior levels of government for mandatory labeling of foods that contain ingredients from genetically engineered crops.

Under the motions passed, Richmond will seek stronger labeling requirements and integrate education about consumer choice and awareness of the issues raised by genetically modified organisms - known as GMOs or GE crops - into the city's public outreach programs.

Because GE crops are federally regulated, Richmond is limited in its ability to enforce the ban, but proponents of the motion are delighted with the message it sends.

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