Photo taken from the Penticton March in 2013 coming up Martin Street
Locals Supporting Locals, is organizing the 5th annual March against Monsanto on Saturday, May 21, starting at 11:00 am at Gyro Park, 100 Main St., Penticton.
Farmers and winemakers will speak about their personal solutions to providing GMO-free agricultural products in the Okanagan. Included among the speakers is Gabe Cipes, from Summerhill Pyramid Winery and the Vice-President of the Certified Organic Biodynamic Agriculture society of BC and a representative of the Certified Organic Associations of BC board. Cipes will discuss alternatives to conventional agriculture and the threat of trans-genetically modified organisms. There will also be a number of tables with displays on site.
March Against Monsanto is a Worldwide Event taking place in over 40 countries and 400 cities on the same day. More than 38 countries have either banned GMOs including Russia or are restricting the importation of GMO goods or placing moratoriums until more research is conducted.
Kevin Proteau, organizer and spokesperson for the local event points out, “Health Canada, in contrast to the rest of the world, is approving more GMO products such as apples and potatoes into our markets every year despite the move away from conventional agriculture that includes GMOs. The evidence is the growth in sales of organic, non-gmo produce.”
The global market for organic products, once a small-scale niche market, reached a value of almost $US 63 billion in 2011. In Canada, the organic food sector has seen dramatic growth in recent years with consumption developing at a faster rate than production.
The end-goal of Locals Supporting Locals is a GMO-free Okanagan” says Proteau. The whole valley is now gathered together and if you cannot make it to the Penticton event please join the events in Kelowna, Vernon, Lumby and Enderby.
He suggests for those attending, to bring your own sign, or show up early and make a sign on-site. Costumes are welcome.