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General News · 22nd October 2017
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It’s NON-GMO month… so what?!

If you’re thinking that your life on this island isn’t affected by Genetically Modified Organisms; think again. Here on Cortes, we are lucky to have a market that is influenced by our demands and the privilege to know where and how most of our produce is grown, even so, if you look closely you will find that the non-GMO Project’s initiatives can positively impact our community. Did you know that Canada has become the first country to produce genetically modified salmon? As very little research has been done, we don’t know enough of the indirect impacts this may have on the aquatic ecosystems that many of us depend on. With missions such as obligatory labelling of GMO foods and non-GMO product verification, it’s hard not to get behind this initiative.

As part of non-GMO month, I will be hosting a casual screening of a short documentary that explores the issues some farmers are facing today. With the advent of biological transmutation came genetically engineered seeds that carry customized properties such as pesticides, herbicides and viral resistance. This film looks at how these strategies can affect farmers based in a culture of time-honored traditional agriculture.

Short film screening at the Coop Cafe
Friday October 27th - 11am to 2pm