Say NO to Genetic Engineering

P.O. Box 20228
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 7A2

Dear supporters for a GE FREE zone in the Yukon,

The petition for a 10 year moratorium on the planting of GE seeds in the Yukon was submitted in November to the Yukon Legislature.

A draft letter is available to use as a starting point for your letter to show your support. Please feel free to edit the letter to address other concerns with GE.

Please CC messages to GE-free Yukon so we can keep track of support received.

Update: December 1
Update: December 5
Response: December 10
Update: December 29

GE free Yukon

The Organic and Non-GMO Report is an excellent publication if you want to know more about genetically modified ingredients in food and what that may mean for you as an eater. When it comes to genetically engineered (GE) foods, most North Americans eat in the dark. Surveys consistently show that a majority are unaware that more than 70% of processed foods they eat contain ingredients from GE corn, soybeans, canola, and cotton.

Institute of Science in Society has hundreds of articles on GE in agriculture.
“ISIS is a voice of sanity shouting for due consideration of possible consequences while applauding genuine advances in knowledge. There are too few such voices. The magazine provides an invaluable journal of record and another avenue for informing the public and energizing the scientific community.” Dr. Henry A. Becker, Emeritus Prof. Chemical Engineering Queen's University, Ontario, Canada

Society for a GE Free BC is a social justice coalition of groups and individuals across BC/Yukon working for local, community based agriculture, and against genetic engineering of plants and trees. GE Free BC envisions a food-sovereign Canada where no genetically engineered life forms are created, patented, approved, bought, sold or traded.

Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) is a collaborative campaign group working toward food sovereignty and social justice.

Green Peace on Genetic Engineering While scientific progress on molecular biology has a great potential to increase our understanding of nature and provide new medical tools, it should not be used as justification to turn the environment into a giant genetic experiment by commercial interests. The biodiversity and environmental integrity of the world's food supply is too important to our survival to be put at risk.

What is Genetic Engineering? If you really want to avoid the influence of genetic engineering, buy fresh organic produce. If you want to buy processed foods and avoid genetically engineered ingredients, you will have to read product labels. If the label mentions corn, soybean, canola, or potatoes, without explicitly qualifying it as organic, then the product probably contains genetically engineered ingredients. Even reading labels is no guarantee that you will be able to avoid genetically engineered ingredients, because manufacturers are not required to list every ingredient, enzyme or organism used in the manufacturing process. The following products may contain or originate from genetically engineered organisms: candies, cookies, breads, cereals, corn syrups, oils, juices, detergents, dough conditioners, yeast, sugar, animal feed, vitamins and enzymes used in the processing of cheese.

Beyond Factory Farming is a national organization of citizen's groups promoting socially responsible livestock production in Canada. We help communities that are dealing with problems caused by factory farms and factory farm proposals. As an alternative to industrial livestock operations, we promote livestock production that is safe, fair and healthy for the environment, farmers, workers, animals, neighbours, communities and consumers.

La Via Campesina - International Peasant Movement - solidarity village for a cool planet.

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