Sunday, March 02, 2008

March 2008

March is a popular time for ordering spring seeds, and this month’s community vegan potluck series honors our island’s status in principle as a GMO Crop Free Zone!

On the heals of Seedy Saturday, GreenPeace and our Comox Valley NO GMO’s Coalition are hosting an island wide strategy session on March 8th at the BCGEU building in Courtenay. Greenpeace and GE Free BC have declared March 11th GE Free Day in BC, and local activists will be collecting signatures in downtown Denman that day for a petition to make labelling of GE foods mandatory.

On Saturday, March 29th, the Community Garden Party Series invites everyone interested in supporting our local organic produce growers to pitch in for an hour or two at Rob and Vlasta Ulovec’s Apple Lane Orchard between 1 and 3 pm. And over the course of the month our brand new potato co-op, SPUDS, will be sprouting in it’s chosen home at the Hermitage on Denman Road (now is the time to sign up and encourage other new members!)

Last, but not least, the Community Vegan Potluck scheduled for 6:30 pm in the Back Hall on Sunday, March 16th, will feature both a seed swap and the award-winning European documentary, Unnatural Selection.

Featuring such internationally renowned activists as Vandana Shiva, Andrew Kimbell, and Canada’s very own Percy Schmeiser, this fascinating educational film does an excellent job of exposing several of the alarming consequences of genetic engineering on three continents.

The future of planetary biodiversity will certainly be influenced by consumers with the privilege of choice, so thanks for coming on out to help further public education about these important issues. Unnatural Selection is produced by Jeffrey Smith, director of the Institute for Responsible Technology (Iowa), and author of the world’s bestselling book on Genetically Modified foods, Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating.

Last month’s film, Saved by Sun, is available for home viewing for a nominal donation the Potluck Series will contribute to REDI’s solar panel project for the Hall.

As always, food-lovers of every persuasion are invited to our 6:30 pm dinner in the DI Backhall, and any animal-friendly entrée, salad or dessert that all may share, is an appropriate donation (egg, dairy, honey and gelatin-free, please.) And thanks for helping us maintain a scent-free event for the comfort of chemically sensitive individuals. Did you know that DI Hardware carries scent-free laundry and other cleaning products!?

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