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A fishy return on public investment: The policy collision over genetically modified salmon

Canadians are the first in the world to eat a genetically engineered (genetically modified or GM) fish, thanks in part to over $8 million in federal government funding behind its development. The government is set to receive 10% royalties from sales relating to the GM salmon research, as part of a $2.8 million funding agreement in 2009 between the GM fish company AquaBounty and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. 38% of Canadians say they would “definitely not eat” if given the choice, and so the product’s success, arguably, depends on the government maintaining its position against mandatory labelling of GM foods. Published in the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives magazine Monitor, Sept/Oct 2018.

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Setting up a Spiral of GMO Contamination

Contamination from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is a problem for some crop types. For example, most organic grain farmers in the Prairies stopped growing canola after GM contamination of seed became widespread, and Canada’s flax industry is still recovering from GM contamination that closed export markets. Contamination is a problem. But rather than take all measures possible to stop it, the federal government has responded by proposing a policy that accepts it as unavoidable. This Low-Level Presence (LLP) policy asserts that GM contamination is not the problem, but rather our unwillingness to accept it. (Spring 2018)

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Golden Rice assumptions wrong

The editorial, “Health Canada is obligated to approve Golden Rice,” (WP, April 5), interprets the department’s decision as a “humanitarian gesture,” but that is an assumption — an incorrect assumption. Additionally, and more importantly, the release of Golden Rice is opposed by a significant number of large farmers’ networks across Asia. (April 2018)

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PEI caught up in AquaBounty’s tangled net

The genetically modified (GM) fish company AquaBounty appears to have hit a major snag of its own making. It started construction of the world’s first GM fish factory at Rollo Bay, PEI but it doesn’t actually have permission to grow the GM fish there. (August 2, 2017)

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Where is the GM apple?

Orchardists in BC, particularly organic growers, need to know where the GM apple is cultivated. CBAN investigates the status in Canada. (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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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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