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Briefings to government

Reverse New GMO Regulatory Guidance, to Ensure Safety and Transparency

May 2023: Twin decisions by the ministers of health and agriculture place the interests of private industry above the federal government’s responsibility to protect human health and the environment, come at the expense of transparency and choice for Canadian farmers and consumers, and threaten the livelihoods of many farmers. The regulatory exemptions need to be immediately reversed.

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Response to ECCC: Protect the Monarch butterfly as an endangered species

December 2022: The COSEWIC recommendation to re-classify the Monarch butterfly as endangered was made in 2016. Monarch butterflies must be urgently classified as endangered, in order to protect then from a multitude of threats along their long migratory routes and at their overwintering sites, including the serious impacts of glyphosate use.

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MP Briefing: Regulatory guidance proposals on gene edited foods and seeds

October, 2021. Health Canada and the CFIA are proposing to exempt many new genetically engineered foods and plants from government safety assessments and government oversight: Genetically engineered plants that have no foreign DNA – many of which would be produced through the new genetic engineering techniques of genome editing, also called gene editing – would be exempt from regulation if product developers do not determine a food safety or environmental safety risk.

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CBAN comments to CFIA: Guidance for determining whether a plant is subject to Part V of the Seeds Regulations

September 7, 2021. CBAN response to the consultation questionnaire on CFIA proposed guidance for determining whether a plant is subject to Part V of the Seeds Regulations. The regulatory guidance proposed is in conflict with CFIA’s responsibility “to safeguard food safety, protect the health of plants and animals in Canada, and support market access both now and in the future.”

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