Our rural community, Salt Spring Island, is in the process of revising its
land use bylaw.
(The island lies with the Islands Trust and its bylaws must conform to
legislation governing the Trust area, as well as British Columbia and
Canadian law, of course.)
In my comments on the draft bylaw, I would like to suggest that genetically
modifed organisms be banned -- in any way that is possible in such a bylaw.
For example, since there are provisions that ban discharge of waste water
that might contaminate fresh water sources, perhaps it might be possible to
ban the use of GE seed, the pollen from which might contaminate the plants
of other growers.
I am hoping to find someone who can make concrete suggestions about what
provisions might be put forward in this respect.
(So far as I have been able to determine, the existing draft bylaw is not
available except in print form from the Island Trust office in Ganges -- a
document of over 100 pages. )
Thanks for any help,
Terry J. Klokeid, Ph.D.
Amblewood Organic Farm
Fulford Harbour, British Columbia
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