Health Canada abandons regulation of new GM foods, negotiates voluntary transparency with biotechnology companies
December 8, 2021, Halifax - Consumer, environmental, and farmer groups across Canada are denouncing new regulatory changes expected to be published today by Health Canada that will allow private corporations to release onto the market many new genetically engineered...
Calls for government transparency on GMO foods redouble as research reveals concern and government proposes regulatory change
October 20, 2021. Halifax. Today, seven agriculture, food, and consumer groups asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to ensure transparency and continued government oversight of all genetically engineered foods and seeds (genetically modified organisms or GMOs) in...
Civil society coalition raises alarm over safety and transparency as Health Canada proposes to abandon oversight of some new GMOs from gene editing
May 11, 2021: Today, the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) submitted its objections to proposals from Health Canada that would allow product developers to assess the safety of some genetically engineered (genetically modified or GM) foods, particularly some produced through genome editing (also called gene editing) with no government oversight.
Groups call for mandatory safety assessments for all genetically engineered foods March 26, 2021, Montreal and Halifax - Yesterday, Health Canada released proposals that would remove some genetically engineered (commonly called genetically modified) foods from...
December 17, 2020: A new report released today ranks Canada’s major grocery retailers for their transparency on sales of genetically modified (GM) whole foods: fruits and vegetables, and the GM salmon. Out of Canada’s five major grocery chains, only Quebec/Ontario chain Metro provided clear answers for consumers.
GM “Golden Rice” Approved as Safe to Eat in Philippines But Ability to Provide Vitamin A Remains Unevaluated
December 20, 2019. The Government of the Philippines has approved the genetically engineered (genetically modified or GM) “Golden Rice” for human consumption, though the rice’s ability to provide Vitamin A remains unevaluated and it is not yet approved for cultivation. If the other necessary approvals follow, this could be the first-ever GM rice grown in the world.
Environmental Groups Call for Seafood Industry Boycott of AquaBounty’s Salmon Eggs to Prevent Mix-Ups at Fish Farms
September 12, 2019. Canadian and U.S. environmental groups are calling on the aquaculture and seafood industry to boycott AquaBounty’s Atlantic salmon eggs in order to eliminate the risk of any accidental mixing with the company’s genetically engineered (genetically modified or GM) Atlantic salmon eggs, produced at the same facility in Prince Edward Island, Canada. The groups are concerned that human error could lead to the inadvertent production of GM salmon in open net-pens and the resultant environmental risk.
August 22, 2019. The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network and Prevent Cancer Now are calling for a review of the use of genetically engineered (genetically modified or GM) herbicide-tolerant crops in Canada, in response to Monsanto’s request for government approval of a GM corn that can withstand applications of four herbicides, including 2,4-D and dicamba. August 22, 2019.
June 10, 2019. In Nova Scotia, corn farmers are observing that the European corn borer, an insect pest, has developed resistance to the genetically engineered (genetically modified or GM) trait designed to kill it. This is the first report in the world of the European corn borer developing resistance to a genetically engineered trait used to confer insect resistance. It is also the first report in Canada of any insect pest developing resistance to a genetically engineered trait.
Minister Approves First Commercial GM Fish Factory: Groups raise concerns over transparency and environmental risk
April 2, 2019. The company AquaBounty has announced that the Minister of Environment and Climate Change has approved the production of genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) Atlantic salmon at a site in Prince Edward Island (P.E.I). This will be the first factory in Canada to produce GM salmon, which is the world’s first GM food animal.