18 January 2012
Big Agribusiness Influence Threatens to Override Public Interest in Greed Revolution
A new 30-page report that documents the growing influence of agribusiness on the multilateral food system and the lack of transparency in research funding has been released today by the international civil society organization ETC Group. The Greed Revolution: Mega Foundations, Agribusiness Muscle In On Public Goods presents three case studies – one involving the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and two involving CGIAR Centers (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) – which point to a dangerous trend that will worsen rather than solve the problem of global hunger. The report details the involvement of, among others, Nestlé, Heineken, Monsanto, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Syngenta Foundation. Continue reading
Posted in Biotech Companies, Canadian Politics & Food, Food Security, Monsanto, World Food Politics, World GE Politics
Tagged Biotech Companies, Canadian Food Politics, Food Security, GE Foods, Monsanto, World Hunger
A court has ordered Health Canada to reconsider its decision not to review the effects of a popular herbicide, a ruling that some say will strengthen the public’s hand in forcing the government to answer environmental concerns.
“We put a crack in the door,” said Josette Wier, who took the government to court after a forestry company began spraying Roundup from airplanes near her Smithers, B.C., home. “That door was locked — it was impossible.” Continue reading
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
Posted in BioFuels, Biotech Companies, Food Security, GE Corn, Pesticides, World Food Politics
Tagged Biotech Companies, Bt Cotton, Center For Food Safety, Food Security, GE Foods, Glyphosate, GMO, India, Monsanto, Roundup Ready, Sustainability, Syngenta, World Hunger
A court ruling this week could have major implications for the planting of GE crops in Europe, and for Canadian exports of honey. See the article and link below.
EU Court Puts Limits on Modified Honey
Associated Press, September 6 2011
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=14456268 Continue reading
April: CBAN and many others have been working around the clock to compile a list of signatories that oppose GM Salmon. Below is the press release opposing the fish.
You can also take action right now – CBAN makes it easy for you on their website.
Thank you to everyone that is helping us to move forward and protect our wild salmon stocks and our health!
Groups Oppose Genetically Engineered Salmon: Demand Immediate Disclosure from Environment Canada
For Immediate Release
Ottawa, Monday, December 6, 2010 – Sixty fisheries and oceans
conservation, environmental and social justice groups revealed today
that Environment Canada refuses to confirm or deny if the department
has already started a secret 120-day risk assessment to approve
genetically engineered (GE) salmon egg production on Prince Edward
Island. The groups today also released a joint statement of
“categorical objection” to the raising of GE fish and fish eggs (1).
Documents released in September by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed that the US company AquaBounty is seeking approval to sell its GE salmon into the US food market based on a plan to produce all its GE salmon eggs on Prince Edward Island (PEI) and then ship the eggs to Panama for grow out and processing. Following this revelation, groups made inquiries to Environment Canada but were told that any information about a possible risk assessment is confidential. The groups are calling for full disclosure and demanding that Environment Canada cease any approval process that may already be underway.
Posted in Animal Health and GMO, Biotech Companies, Canadian Politics & Food, CBAN, Food Security, Take Action!
Tagged AquaAdvantage Salmon, CBAN, Environment Canada, GE salmon, Genetically Engineered, GM Salmon, Greenpeace, Premier of PEI