A couple of Langley moms are sounding the alarm about the food supply and genetically modified foods.
Realtor Bobbie Blair said as she's learned more and more about GMOs (genetically modified organisms) over the past three years, she's become more concerned.
"What I came to see is that there was basically an 'assault' on our food system going on, and nobody seemed to be really noticing or talking about it," she told the Langley Advance.
GMOs mostly show up in processed foods and genetically altered corn is fed to most North American cattle.
She noted that Canada and the U.S. do not require labelling of foods containing GMOs, unlike Russia and China. GMOs have been banned in Poland and Hungary, she noted.
Only five per cent of food sold in Europe has GMOs compared to up to 80 per cent in Canada, she noted.
"We still have a choice today, but if we do not take a stand, we may find that in a few years, our choices are no longer there," Blair said. "At such a time, it would be too late to start asking questions."
She, along with Langley's Lucy Nickel, are inviting the public to a documentary movie showing at the Clova Cinema, 5732 176 St., this Saturday. Starting at 4 p.m. there is a showing of The Future of Food. Tickets are $6.50 and $1 from each will be donated to her campaign.
People can buy advance tickets by contacting Blair at 604-506-5576 or at local health stores (Valley Natural Health Foods, My Local Health Store, Country Life Health Food and Sol-Wellness Studio).
Blair said she's been trying to help educate Canadians about what's happening to their food supply.
So this summer she rented a table at the Langley Canada Day Event in McLeod Athletic Park, and also at the Critter Care open house fundraiser.
She's also set up a website, WakingUpForAva.com, named after her daughter. Nickel has a Facebook site, GMO Free Canada.
"We want to show people discern where GMOs are, labeled or not, so that they can choose to avoid them if they wish," Blair explained.
She noted that more and more people are questioning what goes into food. In California, voters go to the polls in November on a proposition to require food labelling.
"Another important issue even closer to home is the issue of the Alaskan Apple that one grower is trying to bring in to the Okanagan," she said.
The apple does not turn brown. Blair said she's concerned about such tampering with food and the impact of its introduction into the prime apple growing region.
She said there are petitions at some local stores about the apple issue.
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