February 20, 2017
Take Action / Press
Media Inquiries: Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network 613 241 2267 ext 25, cell: 613 809 1103 email@example.com
Press Releases and Media Background:
Press Release - December 13, 2016: Parliamentary Committee Recommends More Regulatory Transparency and Independent Research on Genetically Modified Organisms: Agriculture Committee recommends transparency in regulation, against transparency in the marketplace
Press Release - September 15, 2016: Bayer’s Takeover of Monsanto Triggers Anti-Competition Fears: Groups in Canada request Competition Bureau review
Press Release - May 19, 2016: Health Canada Approves First GM Fish Amidst Environmental and Transparency Concerns
Press Release - December 7, 2015: Government regulation of GMOs in Canada still lacks transparency, public input after twenty years
Press Release - November 23, 2015: GM crops costing Canadian farmers, new report
Press Release - November 19, 2015: Canadian Groups Concerned as US Approves GM Salmon - Canada to produce GM fish eggs
Press Release - September 29, 2015: New Poll Shows Canadians are Highly Concerned About GM Foods and Want Mandatory Labelling
Press Release - July 7, 2015: Canada Close to Allowing Unapproved GM Food Contamination in Imports
Press Release - May 22, 2015 : Genetically Modified Crops Harm the Environment, Says New Report: Herbicide sales up 130% in Canada since GM crops approved
Press Release - March 23, 2015: CBAN denounces federal decision to approve GM apple: GM apple approved over the objections of consumers and farmers
Press Release - March 19, 2015: New Report Reveals the Status of GM Crops and Foods in Canada: 20 years after first GM approval, information is lacking
Twenty years after approval of the first genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered) crops in Canada, information on the amount and prevalence of GM foods and crops is lacking, according to the new report “Where in the World are GM Crops and Foods?” published by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN).
Press Release - February 13, 2015: Canadian Groups Demand Market Stay Closed to GM Apple, as US Government Approves Genetically Modified “Non-Browning” Apple
Media Background: "Nothing New: ISAAA's GM Crop Statistics for 2014" Response from CBAN to the Executive Summary of ISAAA's "Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops" January 28, 2015
Press Release: January 27, 2014 - CBAN Launches “GMO Inquiry 2015” - 20 Years of unanswered questions on genetic modification in Canada
Press Release: December 3, 2014 - Groups Provide New Tool to Encourage Farmers to Choose Non-GM Sweet Corn Seed
Press Release: October 28, 2014 - Panama Fines GM Fish Company with Canadian Operation for Violating Environmental Regulations
Background: October 16, 2014 - 2,4-D and 2,4-D tolerant crops
Background: October 24, 2014 - GM Fish in Canada
Press Release: October 9, 2014 -Groups Welcome Ontario Environmental Commissioner’s Call for Action on Genetically Engineered Alfalfa
Press Release: September 4, 2014 - Groups unite to call on Brazil to deny application to legalize genetically engineered eucalyptus trees
Press Release: June 24, 2014 - GM Food Safety Study Reignites Call to Overhaul Canada’s Regulations
The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) is calling on Health Canada to place a moratorium on approving new genetically modified (GM) foods, to re-evaluate the safety of GM foods already on the market, and to initiate a complete overhaul of the regulatory system. The call comes in response to the republication of a long-term study of a GM corn that exposes a lack of scientific rigour in Canada’s regulatory system.
Press Release, March 10, 2014: GM Fish Company Seeks Food Safety Approval in Canada
Press Release, February 26, 2014: Consumer Concern Over GM Sweet Corn Mounts
Press Release - November 25, 2013: Canada’s Approval of GM Fish Eggs Threatens Environment, Groups Say
Press Release - November 21, 2013: Complaint in Panama Raises Concerns About GM Fish Research in Canada
Press Release - November 14, 2013: (Friends of the Earth U.S.) New study: GMO sweet corn rare in U.S. supermarkets Following CBAN's October 2013 testing that found GM sweet corn in grocery stores, roadside stands and farmers markets (35 percent of samples) across Canada, Friends of the Earth U.S. has released results of their testing of sweet corn samples purchased in the U.S.. Only two U.S. corn samples out of 71 (2.4 percent) tested positive as genetically modified. One of the confirmed GM samples, bought in Massachusetts, was grown in Ontario, while the other, purchased in Colorado, was of unknown origin. GM sweet corn is approved for the market in Canada and the U.S. but remains unlabelled and the extent of market penetration is unknown.
Press Release - November 12, 2013: GM Apple Closer to Regulatory Approval, Further from Consumer Acceptance
Press Release - October 30, 2013: GM Sweet Corn Discovered in Quebec
Press Release - October 23, 2013: Tests Discover Unlabelled GM Sweet Corn in Canadian Grocery Stores and Farmers’ Markets
Media Briefing - Status of Golden Rice, October 22, 2013
Press Release - October 7, 2013: Decision to Deny Ontario Environmental Assessment of GM Alfalfa a Lost Opportunity, say groups
Press Release - September 19, 2013: Union of BC Municipalities Asks Province to Ban GE Crops and Animals
Press Release - September 12, 2013: Industry Launches “Coexistence Plan” for GM Alfalfa as Contamination Report Investigated in the U.S.
Press Release - July 25, 2013: Farmers Seek Environmental Assessment of GM Alfalfa from Ontario Government
Press Release - July 15, 2013: Protesters Demand Industry Meeting Abandon GM Alfalfa Plans
"Protestors outside a Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) meeting this morning denounced the industry group’s plans to release genetically modified (GM) alfalfa in Eastern Canada. They asked the Quebec government and other provincial governments to stop GM alfalfa in order to protect farmers and our food system from contamination"
- New Report: "The Canadian Seed Trade Association’s so-called “Coexistence Plan” is a gateway to GM alfalfa contamination", Canadian Biotechnology Action Network and National Farmers Union, July 2013
- Quotes from the CSTA Workshop on coexistence, October 24 2012
Press Release - May 29, 2013: Illegal GM Wheat Contamination Discovered in US: Contamination Status in Canada is Unknown
- Media Backgrounder, April 10, 2013: Genetically Modified (GM) Atlantic Salmon in PEI
- Media Backgrounder, April 2013: Genetically Modified Foods
Media Advisory - April 8, 2013: 38 Protest Rallies Across Ontario and Canada: April 9 for Day of Action to Stop GM Alfalfa
Press Release - April 2, 2013: New Report Warns of Inevitable Contamination if GM Alfalfa Released in Ontario
Press Release, March 12, 2013: BC Opposition to GM Apple Mounts: Petition Presented in Provincial Legislature
Press Release, February 28, 2013: Islanders Say No to GM Salmon: GM Opponents ask Premier to Ban GM Salmon Egg Production in PEI
Press Release, February 25, 2013: Global Growth of GM Crops Overblown: ISAAA yearly report misleads, says CBAN
- Background: GM Crop Data Clarified: Interpreting the ISAAA Report, February 25, 2013.
- Factsheet: Genetically Engineered Cotton
Press Release, November 19, 2012: GM 2,4-D-Tolerant Crops set to Accelerate Pesticide Use: Groups denounce government approvals as reckless
Civil society groups Équiterre, Nature Québec, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Prevent Cancer Now, the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, and Vigilance OGM denounced regulatory approval of Canada’s first corn and soy crop plants genetically engineered (also called genetically modified or GM) to tolerate doses of the herbicide 2,4-D. The groups say that the new GM crops, developed Dow AgroSciences, will lead to increased herbicide use, with more toxic pesticides in the environment and our food.
Press Release, Oct 24, 2012: from National Farmers Union Grey County Local 344 and Region 3 (Ontario): Farmers Protest “Industry Spin” Designed to Facilitate Licensing of GM Alfalfa in Ontario: Policy of coexistence of GM alfalfa is “utterly absurd", say local farmers.
September 20, 2012, Press Release : Unprecedented Safety Study Finds Harm from GM Corn
The first GM animal feeding trial conducted over the lifetime of laboratory rats (two years) to test Monsanto's GM corn NK603 and their herbicide Roundup found tumours, multiple organ damage and premature death. (Séralini, G.-E., et al. "Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize." Food Chem. Toxicol. (2012) See the short video and summary of the peer-reviewed study http://research.sustainablefoodtrust.org/
August 14, 2012, Press Release: GM Apple Jeopardizes Okanagan’s Reputation, say local groups
July 9, 2012 - Press Release: GM Apple Closer to U.S. Approval: Farce of Canadian public consultation exposed
June 22, 2012 - Press Release: GM “Enviropigs” Meet Dead End: Remaining GM pigs euthanized at the University of Guelph
May 29, 2012 - Press Release: Richmond City Council Finalizes GE Free Zone
April 2, 2012 - Press Release: Genetically Modified Pig Shelved: “Feds should rule out GM food animals,” citizens’ group urges
- Media Background: Enviropig
- Media Background: GM Foods
- Ontario Farmer: "Enviropig breeding put on hold", article March 27, 2012
- Summary of public opinion poll on GM animals and fish (Agriculture Canada).
- Remarks from Paul Slomp, National Farmers Union, Press Conference, April 2, 2012.
- Remarks from Lucy Sharratt, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, Press Conference, April 2, 2012.
March 27, 2012, Press Release - Genetically Modified Goats on Display at Ottawa Experimental Farm: Family Outing Turns to Shock
February 13, 2012 - Press Release: New Video Educates Canadians on Threat of GM Alfalfa: Family farms and organic food at risk from genetically modified alfalfa
Genetically Modified Atlantic Salmon: Atlantic Canada is at the centre of the global controversy over GM fish. October 24-27, Charlottetown, Fredericton, Halifax, St. John's.
- Media Advisory: Press Conference Monday Oct 24, Bay Fortune, PEI
- Media Backgrounder: Genetically Modified Atlantic Salmon
- Contacts for Media including biographies of speakers
- More info on GM fish:www.cban.ca/fish
- October 19, 2011 - Press Release: Islanders Hold the Future of Wild Atlantic Salmon in their Hands: U.S and Canadian panel to present on the risks of genetically modified fish in Charlottetown
October 17, 2011 - Press Release: Critics of Genetically Modified Animals Barred from Summit on the Future of Animal Agriculture
October 11, 2011 - Press Release : U.S. Rubber-Stamp of GM Fish Imminent? U.S. approval would trigger corporate plans to produce genetically modified salmon eggs in Canada, but Environment Canada remains silent
September 12, 2001 - Press Release : Groups to Host 12 Public Events in BC on Genetically Modified Foods: Public forums to highlight risks of GM crops and animals
- Media Backgrounder on GM Foods, September 2011
- Selected Comments from EU Member States and Listing of Studies Recommended
- Summary and Background on SmartStax corn and risk questions, CBAN.
April 7, 2011 - Press Release: Canada’s National Research Council Disavows GM Wheat
March 30, 2011 - Press Release: Farmers and Seed Distributors Sue Monsanto to Protect Themselves from Patents on Genetically Modified Seed
March 11, 2011 - Press Release : Conservatives Block Vote on Moratorium on GM Alfalfa: Motion Stalled in Agriculture Committee
March 4, 2011 - Press Release : Moratorium on Genetically Modified Alfalfa Proposed: Liberals Step Up to Protect Farmers
March 3, 2011 - Press Release : Parliament Under Pressure to Stop Genetically Modified Fish: Motion in the House of Commons requests transparency
Feburary 9, 2011 - Press Release : Rally to Stop University of Guelph’s Genetically Modified Pig: Students, Farmers and Consumers Join Together
Feburary 9, 2011 - Press Release: Final Vote on Bill C-474: Which MPs will put farmers first in the flight over genetic engineering?
February 7, 2011 - Press Release: Farmers Speak Out at University of Guelph Forum: Facing the Negative Impacts of Genetic Engineering
December 6, 2010 - Press Release: Groups Oppose Genetically Engineered Salmon: Demand Immediate Disclosure from Environment Canada
December 2, 2010 - Press Release: Unprecedented Debate on Genetic Engineering Secured in House of Commons for 2011 thanks to Bill C-474
November 22, 2010 - Press Release: PEI Groups request Premier Ghiz to press Environment Canada for disclosure on GE Salmon
October 28, 2010 - Press Release: Conservatives Shut Down Debate on Biotech Harm to Farmers: Parliamentary hearings cancelled to protect biotechnology corporations
September 21, 2010 - Press Statement : Groups in the US and Canada urge the FDA to heed yesterday's warnings by scientists regarding the safety of genetically engineered salmon and reject company's request for approval
September 16, 2010 - Press Release :PEI Groups Denounce Plans for Local GE Salmon Production: PEI representative to attend US hearings on GE fish safety
September 8, 2010 - Press Release: As U.S. Decision on GE Fish Nears Final Stage, Company Reveals Plan to Produce GE Salmon Eggs in Canada
August 27, 2010 - Joint Press Statement: Coalition Demands FDA Deny Approval of Controversial GE Fish: FDA Considers Approval of GE Salmon--the First GE Food Animal--Yet Fails to Inform the Public of Environmental and Economic Risks.
June 3, 2010 - Press Release:Haitian Farmers Say “Burn Monsanto’s Seeds”: Canadian groups support Haitian rejection of Monsanto’s seed donation
April 30, 2010 - Press Release:Canada to oppose the right of countries to label GM foods?Regroupement québécois contre les OGM (RQcOGM), Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)
April 15, 2010 - Press Release:
MPs listen to Canadians ahead of industry on GM Crops: Groups applaud MPs for moving Bill C-474 to Committee for study
March 16, 2010 - Press Release:
GE Crops: Parliament to debate the need for export market acceptance before commercial release
March 11, 2010 - Press Release:
Controversy Grows Over Brier Corporate Sponsor Monsanto
February 9, 2010 - Press Release:
GM Wheat rejected by 233 Consumer, Farmer Groups in 26 Countries
Follow the major issues - read some of our 2009 press releases:
GM Flax Contamination
October 5, 2009 - Press Release: GM Flax Contamination from Canada Soars to 28 Countries: But Canadian farmers still have no answers
September 10, 2009 - Press Release: Illegal GM Flax Contaminates Canadian Exports: Contamination of European food threatens Canadian export markets
October 16, 2009 - Press Release: Canadians Join Global Day of Action Against Monsanto: Challenge approval of new eight-trait GM “SmartStax” corn
July 29, 2009 - Press Release: No Safety Assessment of GE Corn by Health Canada: Canada Ignores International Food Safety Guidelines
July 24, 2009 - Press Release: CFIA ’s Irresponsible Rubber-Stamping of New Genetically Engineered Corn: No environmental risk assessment, and reduced environmental stewardship requirements for new Monsanto/Dow “SmartStax”