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A resolution to keep the City of Richmond free of genetically engineered plants, trees and crops will be presented to council in May. The resolution has taken two years to make its way through the legal department, with “wording” the hold up. What to do about those few farmers in Richmond already growing GMO corn?

If the resolution is approved in May, Richmond will join other BC municipalities who’ve already voted “thumbs down” to GMO crops within their boundaries. These include Powell River, Saltspring Island, Kaslo, Rossland and Nelson.

According to GE Free B.C. spokesman Tony Beck:

“The Healthy Saan-ich Advisory Committee last year resolved to seek a ban on GE crops and directed District of Saanich staff to explore the issue. Anti-GMO pitches have also been made in Campbell River, and Comox.”

In the US “Just Label It, a coalition of environmental, farming and religious organizations, has submitted a petition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration containing 1.1 million signatures demanding that products that contain GE crops be labelled. The coalition says that U.S. law allows them to pursue legal action if the FDA fails to respond.”

AND in California a petition to add an Initiative to the Ballot in the US November Election hopes to force labelling of all GMO foods. The petition has until April 22nd to collect enough signatures.

[To read FULL ARTICLE, see Vancouver SUN “Richmond poised to join other non-GMO BC municipalities.”]

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Photo: illustration from “Crunchy Domester Goddess”

E-How? Did you know there’s  a “how to” website that tells how to make organic Easter Egg dyes? There is and here’s how–E-How:

“Hard cook eggs with one tablespoon vinegar in water. Place dying ingredients in aluminum pans with water and boil for at least five minutes to release the pigments. Crush and stir to release the colors and make enough for one cup of each, starting with at least two cups of water. Strain dyes before adding eggs. Most dyes should be used hot, although the temperature of the eggs doesn’t matter. After mixtures are somewhat darker than your desired color add eggs and allow to remain until the wanted effect is achieved. Some take longer than others, up to one hour.” 

[For more Easter Egg dye-making and applying “tutorial,”  see Crunchy Domestic Goddess.Have fun and Happy Organic Easter!

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