Society for a GE Free B.C.’s Gil Sampson

At least one retail outlet in Parksville Qualicum Beach saying no to genetically engineered apples

Organizers say they hope others will follow Heaven on Earth's lead

Local members of GE Free B.C. hope Heaven on Earth in Qualicum Beach is just the first to commit to not selling genetically engineered (GE) apples.

“Dozens of B.C. food retailers have responded with an emphatic ‘no’ when we asked whether they planned to sell the Arctic apples,” said Gil Sampson, a Qualicum Beach member of the Society for a Genetically Engineered Free B.C.

He said that in response to the B.C. developed GE “Arctic apple,” due on shelves next year, they teamed with the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network and Health Action Network “in a non-GE apple campaign, informing regulators, retailers and consumers about the risks and concerns.”

Unsuccessfully opposed by the B.C. Fruit Growers Association, the apple would be one of the first GE fruits on the market after the papaya now available.

Sampson said a number of retailers, representing 75 stores across B.C., have agreed not to sell the GE apples.

“To recognize their refusal to sell GE apples, we will, in person, be presenting each of these retailers with a small ‘No GM Apple’ store window decal and letter of appreciation,” he said. GM stands for genetically modified.

Heaven on Earth co-owner Jim Lowes said he and his wife Julie are passionate about the issue and would never sell the Arctic apples.

For more information visit gefreebc.wordpress.com or www.cban.ca and click the “Resources” tab.

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