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Articles & Editorials

Where is the GM apple?

Orchardists in BC, particularly organic growers, need to know where the GM apple cultivated. (December 2016)

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Ottawa should evaluate Canada’s experience with GM crops

After two decades, it’s time for the government to assess the benefits, risks and impacts of GM crops. It’s time to track GM crops in the field, and label GM foods in the store. Once Canada’s experience is documented and understood, then we can begin to debate the role of GM in food and farming, in our country and around the world. (Summer 2016)

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Agriculture Canada to remove Health Canada from safety assessment of some GM foods

A radical shift in Canada’s policy over regulating the safety of genetically modified (GM) foods would allow a level of GM contamination in grain imports to Canada. The policy would permit a “low level presence” of some GM foods that have not been approved by Health Canada. This would mean that Canada’s regulation of GM foods would no longer be applied to all the GM foods that Canadians eat. (October 2015)

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Séralini study defies censors

A French study on the safety of a genetically modified corn has just been republished. This seemingly ordinary event is globally significant. The study and the public fight over it exposes an ugly and dangerous reality in the regulation of GM foods across the world: The GM foods we are eating have not been subjected to long-term animal feeding trials. (2014)

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GM Salmon Go To Court

GM Salmon Go To Court by Lucy Sharratt, CBAN, Common Ground, February 2014.  

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Biotech plays the world hunger card to promote GMOs

“We cannot allow the technophobes and Luddites to impede this work. We will need every biotech available,” said Henry Clifford, Vice President of Marketing and Sales at AquaBounty, the company that wants approval to sell its GM salmon for fish farming. Is Clifford right? (2013)

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Be Warned: If Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Alfalfa is commercialized, the flow of genes and traits from GM to non-GM alfalfa will be inevitable and irreversible.

Alfalfa is an out-crossing, perennial plant that is pollinated by insects. These characteristics make it particularly susceptible to gene flow from one plant to another. (2013)

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The Failing Experiment of Genetic Engineering

Its easy to make big promises for the future of this technology but at what point do we conclude that the GM experiment has failed and that the promised miracle crops are not going to materialize? The reality is that GM failed before it was even commercialized. Without farmer and public consultation, the technology was doomed to be misapplied by corporations to suit their needs rather than the needs of farmers and consumers. (2013)

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GM Apple Not Simple

Referring to the technology that silenced the genes responsible for the browning process in the apple, Keller says, “silencing does not involve the insertion of genes of a different species into the apple plant. Rather, existing genes responsible for browning within the plant are switched off.” This description is presumably written to calm consumer nerves but is both factually incorrect and misleading. (Letter to the Editor, July 2012)

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Golden Rice not yet ready

It is supremely ironic, and gravely tragic, that OMAFRA crop specialist Peter Johnson is spreading false information about genetically modified Vitamin A “Golden Rice” in an article titled “Countering GMO Misinformation”. Golden Rice is not ready for the market and yet Johnson told an audience of farmers that groups such as Greenpeace are responsible for keeping it from being used. Most seriously, Johnson alleges that Greenpeace is responsible for the continued misery of serious illnesses and deaths caused by Vitamin A deficiency. This is a misrepresentation of reality and a distasteful charge. (Letter to the Editor, 2012)

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