February 20, 2017

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Media Inquiries: Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network 613 241 2267 ext 25, cell: 613 809 1103 coordinator@cban.ca

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

Media Background: A critical investigation after 20 years of GMOs

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: April 9, 2014 - Genetically Engineering Poplars for Paper and Biofuels Condemned: Industry Hype & Misdirected Science Undercuts Real Energy/Climate Solutions

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

Media Background: GM Fish in Canada, November 25, 2013

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"

Press Release - May 29, 2013: Illegal GM Wheat Contamination Discovered in US: Contamination Status in Canada is Unknown

Media Advisory:International expert to speak in Charlottetown on GM salmon risks

Media Advisory: Alaskan State Representative to Speak in PEI on the Genetically Modified (GM) Salmon

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, March 7, 2013:Changes to GM Food Safety Regulation Debated: Proposal for “Low Level Presence” would remove Health Canada from safety evaluation of some GM foods

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

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.

Media Background: Genetically modified 2,4-D-tolerant crops

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.

NFU Protest Poster Oct 24

Media Background: Genetically Modified Foods (October 2012)

September 20, 2012, Press Release : Unprecedented Safety Study Finds Harm from GM Corn

Factsheet: Seralini et al. GM Corn Feeding Study in Context

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

Press Conference April 2

Press Conference, April 2, 2012. "GM Pig Shelved"

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

November 29, 2011 - Press Release: Federal Government Proposes to Side-Step Health Canada’s Regulation of Genetically Modified Foods: Trade policy would sacrifice safety, say groups.

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.

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

July 13, 2011 - Press Release: US Opens Canada to GM Grass Contamination: US Department of Agriculture will not regulate genetically modified bluegrass, decision could be applied to future GM crops

June 29, 2011 - Press Release: Nova Scotia Should Steer Clear of Genetic Modification, groups warn as Premier returns from global biotech industry conference

June 28, 2011 - Press Release:Report Exposes Unstudied Risks of Monsanto's Genetically Modified "SmartStax" Corn: EU Member State critiques and leaked industry documents uncover safety questions

Media Backgrounders:

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

February 10, 2011 - Press Release:Liberals and Conservatives Vote Down Bill C-474: Inaction on genetic engineering will cost farmers, groups vow to protect alfalfa in ongoing controversy

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 20, 2010 - Press Release:Critics slam “sloppy science” on GE Fish at FDA hearings: FDA overlooked evidence of allergy potential and accepted deficient data say groups

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

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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

March 3, 2010 - Press Release:
Stop GE Alfalfa from Contaminating Canadian Farms:
Canadian Farm and Consumer Groups Urge U.S. Department of Agriculture to Stop Monsanto’s New GE Seed

February 9, 2010 - Press Release:
GM Wheat rejected by 233 Consumer, Farmer Groups in 26 Countries

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GM Flax Contamination

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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

"SmartStax" corn

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”


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