Monthly Archives: October 2011

CBC supporting GE fish?

Did anyone hear CBC reporter Bob McDonald on the CBC this morning talking in favour of GMOs, saying they are safe, will feed the world, and supporting GE fish? If you did, please leave a comment with what McDonald said and what you think about it.

Enough Tricks: Consumers Speak Up Against Monsanto’s GE Sweet Corn

This post is taken from the Centre for Food Safety, which is one of the most prominent organisations working against GMOS.

With the threat of genetically engineered sweet corn hitting grocery stores next year looming, 264,000 people petition top retailers and food makers
In response to Monsanto’s release of the company’s first genetically engineered sweet corn for human consumption, a coalition has collected more than 264,000 petition signatures from consumers who refuse to purchase the corn and are asking retailers and food processors to reject it. Today the coalition, including the Center for Environmental Health, Center for Food Safety, CREDO Action, Food Democracy Now!, and Food & Water Watch, announced that they have delivered the signed petition to 10 of the top national retail grocery stores including Wal-Mart, Kroger and Safeway, and top canned and frozen corn processors including Bird’s Eye and Del Monte. Continue reading

Raw milk

Not a GMO issue, but an important area nonetheless which is why we are posting it:

“The right to buy food direct from a farmer is as old as our country. Yet, today, that right is being taken away from Canadians by a government that insists that only corporate Canada be responsible for feeding our citizens.”                                                 -Michael Schmidt
http://thebovine.wordpress.com/

Micheal Schmidt, a farmer in Ontario,  is now on his third week of a hunger strike to support our right in Canada to choose the food we consume.  He, like many of us, believe that food freedom is a fundamental right! Continue reading

Must view – global citizens report on GMOs

According to a just released report with input from 20 citizens’ organizations, GMOs are bad news – as reported in the London Guardian: “Genetic engineering has failed to increase the yield of any food crop but has vastly increased the use of chemicals and the growth of “superweeds”, according to a report by 20 Indian, south-east Asian, African and Latin American food and conservation groups representing millions of people.” You can read the Guardian article and download the report at http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/oct/19/gm-crops-insecurity-superweeds-pesticides?newsfeed=true

Reports from World Food Security in Rome

You may have noticed no posts for a while. I was in Rome doing some work on food security and dropped in on the Committee for World Food Security held at the Food and Agriculture Organisation. Faris Ahmed from USC was there too and you can check out his blogs at http://usc-canada.org/

Severe damage to GMO corn studied

A number of news articles have noted damage to GMO corn – here is a link to one in Illinois where farmers are planting Bt corn year after year.

http://bulletin.ipm.illinois.edu/article.php?id=1555

US about to approve GM fish?

Press Release

U.S. Rubber-Stamp of GM Fish Imminent?

U.S. approval would trigger corporate plans to produce genetically modified salmon eggs in Canada, but Environment Canada remains silent

For Immediate Release

October 11, 2011.  The White House has confirmed that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finished an environmental assessment of the genetically modified (GM) fast-growing Atlantic salmon called “AquaAdvantage”. The assessment is expected to be released to the U.S. public soon, for a 30-day comment period. Continue reading

Join the Society for a GE Free BC

C’mon guys, join up, put your money where your mouse is.

We are 100% voluntary so if you don’t join up, we can’t campaign.

Click on the little piggie to the right of the screen where it says subscribe to GE Free BC today.

This will take you to a subscription form you can print out and mail off – with your cheque of course.

We are working on an electronic donation button!

Canadian GM canola escapes into wild: study

Superweeds have become a major problem with GE farming, especially with canola where superweeds are being found in fields, along roads and railway tracks. These weeds are genetically engineered and resistant to herbicides. See the latest study from the University of Kansas at:

http://www.thestarphoenix.com/technology/Canadian+canola+escapes+into+wild+study/5509691/story.html

Independent Study on Roundup Effects: Vancouver Island

This post about birth defects and Round Up (the herbicide used on GE crops) was sent by an organic farmer on Vancouver Island. It’s an interesting piece because it is written by a group of well respected scientists who have brought together a lot of information on Round Up. If you don’t have time to read the whole thing, just look at the summary. Anyone would have to think twice about spraying Round Up after reading this.

http://farmandranchfreedom.org/sff/RoundupandBirthDefects.pdf

France retains ban on GE corn

Thank goodness someone is opposing GE corn, if it wasn’t for Europe and Japan we would be in a lot more trouble. Europe has a different food culture to North America – in Europe so much more of the food is grown and eaten locally.

The French government still refuses to lift its ban on growing genetically modified corn in France, despite the European Court of Justice saying that France’s 2008 prohibition against Monsanto’s MON810 variety was out of line on procedural grounds.

China Suspends Commercialisation of Genetically Engineered Rice and Wheat

Title : China Suspends Commercialisation of Genetically Engineered Rice and Wheat
Date : 06 October 2011

Contents:

THIRD WORLD NETWORK BIOSAFETY INFORMATION SERVICE

Re: China Suspends Commercialisation of Genetically Engineered Rice and Wheat

Dear friends and colleagues,

After several years of scientific and public debates it is reported that China will not commercialise genetically modified (GM) staple food crops such as rice and wheat for the next 5 to 10 years. The widely read Economic Observer, a financial weekly publication, citing a source close to the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) confirmed this move in its 23 September 2011 issue: see Item 1 below.

 

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Failure to yield

During Lucy’s tour, we had a few questions about the yield of GE crops. A comprehensive review of the literature had the following to say:

For years the biotechnology industry has trumpeted that it will feed the world, promising that its genetically engineered crops will produce higher yields.

That promise has proven to be empty, according to Failure to Yield, a report by UCS expert Doug Gurian-Sherman released in March 2009. Despite 20 years of research and 13 years of commercialization, genetic engineering has failed to significantly increase U.S. crop yields.
http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/science_and_impacts/science/failure-to-yield.html

Photos up of Lucy Sharratt’s tour

See Lucy and April on tour here  http://www.cban.ca/Resources/Tools/Photos-and-Graphics/CBAN-BC-Tour-2011

See the Courtenay and Campbell River photos here

http://www.facebook.com/n/?photo.php&fbid=282122985140080&set=a.282122831806762.72695.252908071394905&type=1&mid=4f828feG291ae109G7ba00e5G52&bcode=S0Dcq9l8&n_m=tonybeck%40shaw.ca

Organic yields more than GE

A recent study shows that organic farms yield more than conventional or GE famrs

http://www.thestarphoenix.com/business/Study+debunks+myths+organic+farms/5462520/story.html#ixzz1Zx1qjSXw

US Dept of Agriculture provides .5million$ for GE fish

USDA provides half a million $ to support genetically modified fish

http://www.grist.org/food/2011-09-29-feds-help-gmo-salmon-swim-upstream