Critics of the Trans-Pacific Partnership say the agreement will allow for the introduction of Bovine Growth Hormone to increase milk input from dairy cows.

Dr. Shiv Chopra brings anti-TPP message to Chilliwack

Thursday meeting sponsored by the local chapter of the Council of Canadians

  • Apr. 12, 2016 10:00 a.m.

Opponents to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal say the local threat isn’t just to the economics of the dairy industry but also to what gets allowed into the milk we drink.

The TPP is a hot topic in national politics, and here in Chilliwack, with dairy farms making up about half of the $360 million in local gross farm receipts annually, people are paying attention.

This Thursday, former Health Canada senior scientist and whistleblower Dr. Shiv Chopra speaks in Chilliwack about his opposition to the TPP and its threat to public health and food safety.

Chopra’s talk at the Yarrow Community School is part of a Canada-wide tour to raise awareness about the TPP.

The agreement, he says, forces open Canada’s door for American milk and dairy products from cows that have been injected with synthetic Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH), an artificial growth hormone developed by Monsanto to increase milk output from dairy cows.

During previous attempts to introduce rBGH milk into milk supplies in Canada, communities mobilized and prevented the inclusion based on public health concerns. Chopra helped lead this fight.

“One of the conditions of the TPP is that U.S. dairy farmers will be entitled to market rBGH-induced milk in Canada without labelling the country of origin,” says John Jones, executive director of Canadian Council on Food Sovereignty & Health. “The U.S. is the only developed country allowing the use of rBGH to increase milk production, and under this agreement, the Canadian public will not know which dairy products they are consuming.”

Speaking to broader issues of concern regarding the TPP at the event will be Paul Finch, treasurer of the B.C. Government Employees Union (BCGEU).

This event, which starts at 7 p.m., is hosted by the Chilliwack Chapter of the Council of Canadians (CoC).

“Being in the heart of BC’s farmland and dairyland, we in Chilliwack should know and care about where our food comes from and what’s in it,” chapter co-founder Suzy Coulter said. “The TPP would make that impossible. And the only time to stop it is now.”

Yarrow Community School is 4595 Wilson Rd., Chilliwack. Admission is by donation.

Just Posted

German-born British Columbian warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Agassiz teacher’s Amazing Race takes students on Canada-wide adventure

AESS students say they had the experience of a life time

WATCH: Brother of missing Hope woman makes emotional appeal for more media attention

Next search for Shawnee Inyallie Nov. 18 along Highway 1 towards Boston Bar

Gas price drop expected to hit Fraser Valley today

Analyst says to take advantage, warns slight increase may follow

Players Guild challenges Chilliwack residents to solve classic Agatha Christie whodunit mystery

The Chilliwack Players Guild is performing Murder on the Nile from Nov. 22 to Dec. 2

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saskatchewan college honours memory of Humboldt Broncos coach

Darcy Haugan wore jersey No. 22 when he was a star player with the Briercrest College Clippers

Liberals to act quickly if Saturday midnight deal deadline breached: source

Oh Friday, Canadian Union of Postal Workers said it would not bring the latest offers to a vote of its members

Most Read