Nov. 24th – GE Foods Cross Canada Speaker’s Tour Comes to Kelowna!

 Cross-Canada Speaker’s Tour on Genetically Engineered Foods and Human Health

 Arrives in Kelowna on November 24th

Two Canadian scientists will be speaking in Kelowna to answer questions and concerns regarding genetically engineered (GE, also called genetically modified or GM) foods and human health.

Three local organisations, Council of Canadians-Kelowna Chapter, Okanagan Greens and True Food Foundation are excited to announce that they have partnered with the Society for a GE Free BC and the Greenpeace Vancouver Local Group to bring Genetically Engineered Foods and Human Health: A Cross-Canada Speaker’s Tour to Kelowna

The Nov 24th, 7pm  public event at Okanagan College Student Theatre, 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna will be an opportunity for the public to discuss their concerns regarding GE foods. The tour features presentations by Dr. Thierry Vrain, a retired soil biologist and genetic engineer who, after a 30-year career with Agriculture Canada, now speaks against GE technology, and Dr. Shiv Chopra, a former Health Canada senior scientific advisor who blew the whistle on Monsanto’s GE bovine growth hormone (rBGH). Drs. Vrain and Chopra will address the topic of GE foods and human health from both a scientific and a regulatory perspective.

Dr. Vrain will describe what the future holds for us if GE foods are not stopped. Dr. Chopra will discuss issues involving the Canadian regulatory process, including the story of bovine growth hormone (rBGH), highlighting how the regulatory process can be compromised to serve corporate interests, and how this situation can be mitigated.

“We encourage our community to attend as this perspective on GE foods is often overshadowed or discounted by the proponents of GE technology and the Canadian Government,” states Carol Kergan,Council of Canadians-Kelowna Chapter and event organiser. “Given that within Canada, GE salmon, apples, and alfalfa are close to entering the marketplace, it is more important than ever for Canadians to have the opportunity to learn and discuss this pressing matter and to discover how they can advocate for change. Let your friends know about it and mark your calendars! ”

This is a ‘by donation’ event (suggested donation of $5)  However, no one will be turned away.  Doors will open at 6:45   start time 7pm.

There will be copies of Shiv Chopra’s book “Corrupt to the Core” available for purchase and signing.

For more information on this event:

Carol Kergan, Event Organiser, Council of Canadians – Kelowna Chapter:


For more information on the cross-Canada tour: and


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Actions to protect the ALR and the ALC

On November 7, 2013, the Globe and Mail released confidential government documents proposing that the governance of ALR land be handed over to the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission.  For complete details read the 2013-11-07 BCFSN media release re ALR and ALC as well as the previously released media backgrounder.

The COFPC has also released a statement on our position regarding the future of BC’s farmland, read it here.

Actions you can currently take to keep updated and make our voice heard include:

  1. Sign the petition at 
  2. Send the BC Food Systems Network’s action alert or your own letter to your government representatives.
  3. Like the ALR Watch Facebook page


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Food Forest Part 2: See ya in the Spring!

Sunday, October 20 marked the second half of our food forest installation.  About 20 lovely volunteers gathered from 10am-2pm to help plant the “bones” of the food forest, top up the poplar bark mulch and trim a few straggly cardboard edges off the sheet mulch.

DSC_0030DSC_0034DSC_0016Much of what we planted was donated, thank you!  These included Saskatoon berries, paw paws, blueberries, winter savoury and other herbs, haskaps, everbearing strawberries, alpine strawberries, purple asparagus, black currants, wolf willow, red osier dogwoods, sweet fern, lavender, and garden rue.  We will be accepting donations of more plants (if you can believe it!) to be put in come spring.  Scroll to the end of this post for a list of what we are hoping for!

food forest foxesHot, mulled MacIntosh Apple Cider (collected by our amazing Fruit Tree Project) and organic spelt linzer torte from the farmers’ market kept folks fuelled through all the good work.  Many thanks for Jenica for for organizing the refreshments table and for keeping spirits up during the event!

This fall the RDCO will be installing an English style cedar fence, and the design for a pergola will be completed.

Spring 2014 will see us installing the pergola, and getting more bulbs, herbs and plants to attract beneficial insects into the ground. Plums and hardy pecan will also be planted, as well as hardy kiwis which will be trained along wires in the pergola.

DSC_0044Stay tuned for information on springtime work parties!

Our Plant Wishlist:

Creeping thyme
Chives, garlic chives
Egyptian/walking onions
Wild leeks/ramps
Alpine strawberries
Solomon’s Seal
Russian comfrey
Clove currants
Astragalus (Milkvetch- Astragalus glycyphyllos)
Purple orach
Lamb’s quarters
Glacier lilly
Mariposa lilly
Foam flower
Marsh mallow
Blue false indigo



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The Core Review and the ALR: Our position

Garden ViewThe Central Okanagan Food Policy Council supports efforts to ensure that the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and its governing body, the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC), remain intact, protected and effective.  The ALR and ALC provide what is needed in the face of an uncertain and problematic future by establishing a model of adaptive management which preserves options, hedges bets and sees diversity as essential to sustainability.  If the ALC’s budget is further cut to the point that they can no longer meet their mandate or if ALR boundaries are significantly reduced, BC’s public faces the paving over of land that we need to eat from. Continue reading

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COFPC Director of External Affairs statement re: the ALR and the ALC

The COFPC’s Director of External Affairs, Carol Kergan, attended the core review public meeting in Kelowna on Oct. Below is the transcript of her great words on this subject. Continue reading

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Organic Okanagan Festival and the Great Apple Harvest!

This fall has been busy so far for the COFPC and the Fruit Tree Project.  We picked a shwack-load of apples and then headed up to Summerhill Pyramid Winery for the Organic Okanagan Festival, where the apples became juice!


Beautiful bins in the late afternoon sun.

Beautiful bins in the late afternoon sun.

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