October 21, 2014 2:57 pm
Updated: October 21, 2014 3:44 pm

Vancouver proclaims “Non-GMO Awareness Week”

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Mayor Gregor Robertson has proclaimed this week as “Non-GMO Awareness Week” in the City of Vancouver.

The proclamation was read by Councilor Andrea Reimer Tuesday morning and comes after a request by the Vancouver Food Policy Council.

Zsuzsi Fodor, co-chair of the Vancouver Food Policy Council, says the city has a role to play in the awareness of foods containing GMOs.

“Genetically engineered foods, or GMOs, present risks to our food system,” says Fodor. “While much of the regulatory work that needs to be done falls under the jurisdiction of the federal or provincial government, municipal governments can do their part by helping educate citizens about the risks of GMO crops and the pesticides associated with them.”

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