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Friday, July 04, 2008

GE Free Kootenays hosts Percy Schmeiser

On July 10, 2008, G.E. Free Kootenays and Kootenay Food Strategy Society is hosting an evening with Percy Schmeiser.

A Classic David vs. Goliath Story

Percy Schmeiser is a farmer from Bruno, Saskatchewan whose fields were contaminated with a genetically engineered variety of canola in 1998. He has since been in several court battles with agribusiness giant Monsanto. Percy and his wife Louise are the recent recipients of the 2007 Right Livelihood Award “for their courage in defending biodiversity and farmers’ rights”.

Percy's most recent victory came after a 2.5 year battle, when in March 2008, Monsanto finally agreed to pay the $660 it cost Schmeiser to clean up the company’s patented plants from his farm. Percy and his wife Louise have been touring the world telling their amazing stories.

We are requesting support from like-minded businesses, and organizations to help support this event. The event will accommodate an information table for any information you would like to distribute or display to those in attendance.

The goals for G.E. Free Kootenays include primarily; education, protecting farmers, and providing alternatives for farmers and consumers. Time is of the essence regarding halting the proliferation of Genetically Engineered Foods.

This event will be used to launch the Kootenay Food Strategy Society's G.E. Free Kootenays campaign. - a sub-group of G.E. Free B.C. that will begin working to ensure that farmers in the Kootenay regions of B.C. will never have to endure the pressure and intimidation such as that faced by farmers like Percy Schmeiser. Most importantly, the campaign will ensure that viable alternatives are available to farmers currently growing G.E. crops.

Thursday July 10th 2008
Brilliant Cultural Centre
1876 Brilliant Road, Castlegar B.C.
7:00pm … Doors open 6:30, Admission by Donation

Please distribute the information in this announcement to your members or associates in order that they have the opportunity to attend this inspiring and educational event.

The event has already received support from Greenpeace, Society for a G.E. Free BC, Mountain Equipment Co-op, GE Free Solutions, Kootenay Co-op Radio, Kootenay Food Strategy Society, Deconstructing Dinner, West Kootenay EcoSociety, Wildsight, Kootenay Country Store Co-operative, and Canadian Biotechnology Action Network
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