Articles & Editorials
Published in the Watershed Sentinel, December 2022 By Lucy Sharratt, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN), a project of MakeWay. www.cban.ca/trees The promise of a simple technological fix is compelling. Whether it is world hunger or climate change,...
CounterPunch. September 2022. The release of genetically engineered (GE or genetically modified) trees is closer than it has ever been. Ironically, it could be the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) that opens the door to the commercialization of GE trees.
The Hill Times, September 2022: The Minister of Health recently allowed Health Canada to give up its role as independent regulator when it comes to the safety of many future genetically engineered (genetically modified or GM) foods, and the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food is contemplating a similar set of proposals on seeds from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Letter to the Editor, Published in the Toronto Sun, June 2, 2022 Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos has very recently allowed Health Canada to give up its role as independent regulator when it comes to the safety of some genetically modified (GM) foods. The decision...
Watershed Sentinel, Summer 2021: Designed to push new genes through entire populations in the wild, gene drive technology raises serious questions about monitoring, reversibility, and human control of nature
The Western Producer, June 10, 2021. Despite biotechnology industry complaints that regulation is just red tape that hampers competitiveness, companies rely on the legitimacy that government regulation provides. Asking Canadians to accept the safety assurance of product developers and rely on corporate co-operation is fuel for public mistrust.
Ontario Farmer, May 25, 2021: Health Canada is proposing new regulatory guidance for products of gene editing. The biotechnology industry is pleased that many gene edited foods could get to market faster but the public may be less enthused about the proposed lack of government oversight.
Health Canada proposal would allow companies to sell many genetically engineered foods without government safety assessments
Toronto Star. May 23, 2021. Everyone agrees that we need evidence-based decision making. Yet Health Canada is proposing to let companies sell some new genetically engineered (commonly called genetically modified or GM) foods without presenting evidence of their safety to the government.
There is a new international fight brewing over the regulation of genetically engineered (genetically modified or GM) foods, plants, and animals. New genetic engineering techniques called genome editing, or gene editing, have opened up negotiations over national regulation, leading some countries to exempt certain genome editing techniques from government oversight. Canada is about to become one of them. April, 2021.
Genetic engineering is set to leave the farm for the forest. After over twenty years of growing genetically engineered (GE or genetically modified) crop plants in North America, researchers are now proposing to plant GE trees in the forests of eastern US and Canada. This is a precedent-setting request that asks us to accept, even embrace, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the wild. January 2021.