GMOs: Victory on GM Alfalfa Amidst Growing Concern!
There is more and more noise and concern about GM crops these days. Thanks to the campaign by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN), and to the immense relief of farmers across the country, there will be no spring release of GM alfalfa -- something that could have threatened the whole organic industry in Canada! Read about what that means here. However, there are many other concerns, not the least of which is the weakness of our own regulatory and approval process for GM crops.
In March, FSC Executive Director Diana Bronson participated in a seminar on the environmental and health implications of GMO-pesticide crops, by the CRIIGEN (Committee for Research and Independent Information on Genetic Engineering) in France where an overview was provided of the research of the past 15 years, largely under the direction of molecular biologist Dr. Gilles-Eric Séralini. Participants came away from the workshop with the conclusion that many pesticides may be much more toxic than we previously thought, because the actual commercial formulations are not tested, but rather only their declared “active ingredients” which is not enough. Obtaining more transparency on industry studies and approval processes is more urgent than ever, as is the defense of scientists who come under attack of industry!
If you have not yet read about Berkely scientist Tyron Hayes, you can do so here.
Some of the conclusions of seminar included: GM crops were essentially pesticide crops; regulatory systems around the world were ill-equipped to execute independent reviews of their impacts especially since the formulations of different chemicals are not tested together. Food Secure Canada will continue to follow these issues in collaboration with our partners.