Farmer George Beltrame participates in Saturday's March for Food Justice in downtown Williams Lake.

Farmer George Beltrame participates in Saturday's March for Food Justice in downtown Williams Lake.

Locals march for food justice in Williams Lake

Around 30 people of all ages participated in the second annual March for Food Justice in Williams Lake Saturday.

Around 30 people of all ages and a few pets participated in the second annual March for Food Justice in Williams Lake Saturday, demanding that all food be labelled.

Departing from Cariboo Growers at the Community Corner on Oliver Street and Third Avenue, the marchers carried placards, walking and chanting along Oliver Street to Seventh Street and then back along Borland Street to First Avenue returning to Cariboo Growers.

March participant George Beltrame and his wife Debbie own a small farm near the Rudy Johnson bridge along the Fraser River.

“I have been against GMOs forever, but this is my first time coming to the march,” Beltrame said. “It’s been on my mind for a long time that we need to talk about food more. We’re not being honest when we go into the grocery store and buy processed foods. Debbie and I are about real food.”

Michael Wynne, also participating in the march for the first time, said he was there for healthy food.

“I’m here for food sovereignty – we should be able to have a say with our food,” Wynne added.

Dressed in a bumble bee costume, Williams Lake Food Policy Council British Columbia director Tatjana Lauzon was all smiles.

“It’s been 10 years since we began work as the food policy council and this year we are celebrating Cariboo Growers’ sixth anniversary,” Lauzon said. “I am so proud.”

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