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Cowichan Green Community conference informs on GMOs

Liz Morgan browses through a selection of veggie seeds at last year’s Cobble Hill Seedy Saturday event. This year’s Seeds For Change conference focuses on helping people making informed choices about what they are putting into their bodies. - Andrew Leong/file
Liz Morgan browses through a selection of veggie seeds at last year’s Cobble Hill Seedy Saturday event. This year’s Seeds For Change conference focuses on helping people making informed choices about what they are putting into their bodies.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

More than a hundred people registered in the first two weeks of the valley's first genetically modified organisms challenge, enthuses seed literacy coordinator Vanessa Goodall.

And genetically modified organisms are on the program at the upcoming annual Seeds for Change conference: GMOs and the Right to Choose, sponsored by Cowichan Green Community.

Beginning in mid-January, CGC offered a challenge to Cowichanians to go without consuming or using  GMOs for one month.

"The feedback has been great," says Goodall, one of CGC's three seed literacy coordinators.

"We had people asking in-depth questions," she added.

And she hopes up to 200 people will attend to hear the conference to hear individual speakers and a panel discussion explain how people can make informed choices about their food and the potential impact of GMOs.

"They should hear tangible solutions," she stresses.

“Regardless of where you stand on the issue of GMOs, the fact remains that our right to choose is at stake,” explains Emily Doyle-Yamaguchi, one of the event’s organizers.

She says she hopes the event will empower people to advocate for their right to choose and to provide them with accurate information about the presence of GMOs in their lives as well as alternative options.

Among the speakers will be John Steinman of Deconstructing dinner and Jean Crowder, MP Nanaimo-Cowichan.

Your ticket:

What: GMOs and the Right to Choose"

When: February 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: The Hub, Cowichan Station (the old school)

Tickets: By donation. Lunch - bring your own or $15. Pre-register at 250-748-8506

 

 

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