Sentiment in B.C. is more strongly against genetically modified foods than in Alberta

Poll finds little B.C. appetite for GM foods

Most surveyed would ban food from genetically modified crops

Fifty-six per cent of B.C. residents favour banning genetically modified foods, according to a new Insights West poll.

The online survey found two-thirds of B.C. residents had a negative opinion of genetically modified (GM) foods.

Most processed food sold in stores contains at least some GM ingredients, such as corn, soy or canola that’s genetically engineered to resist pests or herbicides.

Canada has no mandatory labelling for food made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), but some producers use a “Non-GMO Project” marketing logo on their packages to indentify their independently verified use of GM-free crops and ingredients.

Insights West vice-president Mario Canseco said B.C. and Alberta residents who dislike GM foods tend to see them as unhealthy and unnatural.

The poll found B.C. respondents with a positive view of genetically modified foods believe they will help increase food production, while supportive Albertans think they can help eliminate hunger.

Women were more likely than men to oppose GM foods, as were B.C. residents compared to Albertans.

Sixty-five per cent of B.C. women surveyed were in favour of a ban, compared to 45 per cent of men.

Only about a third of B.C. residents polled said they always or frequently check products for GM labelling, while 37 per cent said they check that their purchases are organic and around 60 per cent said they check labels for the calories, fat and sodium content.

The Union of B.C. Municipalities last year narrowly passed an unenforceable motion to declare B.C. genetic engineering free after a fierce debate among delegates over the risks and benefits of GM crops.

Health Canada, the World Health Organization and major scientific organizations have rejected claims that GM foods are less safe to eat, although opposition is not limited to concerns over human health.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

WATCH: Berwick Qualicum Beach residents back with another music video

Residents and staff dance to ‘Drunken Sailor’ by The Irish Rovers

Virtual Qualicum school district meeting includes talk of return to class, masks and more

SD69 to hold town hall discussion featuring questions from parents

Qualicum Beach woman reunited with wedding ring she lost in Nanaimo

Woman ‘over the moon’ after getting ring back, say RCMP

Couple gets surprise barbershop quartet concert in Parksville on their 60th wedding anniversary

‘Charisma Bypass’ shows up at their hotel to sing favourite tunes

Family decorates Parksville trails with fairy doors

St. John wanted to bring some joy to the area during COVID-19 pandemic

‘Don’t kill my mom’: Ryan Reynolds calls on young British Columbians to be COVID-smart

‘Deadpool’ celebrity responds to premier’s call for social influence support

Captain Horvat’s OT marker lifts Canucks to 4-3 win over Blues

Vancouver takes 2-0 lead in best-of-7 NHL playoff series with St. Louis

Garbage truck knocks down lamp post onto pickup in north Nanaimo

Emergency crews respond to Dickinson Crossing plaza mall Friday afternoon

Widow of slain Red Deer doctor thanks community for support ahead of vigil

Fellow doctors, members of the public will gather for a physically-distanced vigil in central Alberta

Protesters showcase massive old yellow cedar as Port Renfrew area forest blockade continues

9.5-foot-wide yellow cedar measured by Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners in Fairy Creek watershed

Taking dog feces and a jackhammer to neighbourhood dispute costs B.C. man $16,000

‘Pellegrin’s actions were motivated by malice …a vindictive, pointless, dangerous and unlawful act’

Racist stickers at Keremeos pub leaves group uneasy and angry

The ‘OK’ hand gesture is a known hate-symbol

VIDEO: World responds to B.C. girl after pandemic cancels birthday party

Dozens of cards and numerous packages were delivered to six-year-old Charlie Manning

Most Read