Category Archives: GE Corn

International Tribunal Demands GM Maize Ban in Mexico

DEC 11, 2014, MEXICO CITY—The Mexican Chapter of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal has called on the Mexican government to ban the planting of genetically modified (GM) maize in the country. The decision cited the importance of maize as one of three principal staple crops globally, which millions depend on. The Tribunal, which considered evidence gathered over three years from over 1000 organizations on this and other issues, also highlighted the importance of Mexico as the centre of origin of maize globally.
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Genetically engineered corn not working

As most people who are involved in agriculture know, monocropping is never a good idea and leads to attacks of weeds, viruses and unwanted pests. That’s exactly what is happening with Bt corn which is decreasingly resistant to the rootworm. Given the rise of superweeds,  increasing resistance of pests, and increases in the need for chemicals to control these, genetic engineering, like any monocrop culture, is likely to destroy itself from within over time. But how much damage will it do before it disappears, and how will we clear up the mess given extensive cross-pollination?

For a good piece on the rootworm and monocropping, go to;

http://civileats.com/2014/03/20/new-science-sounds-the-alarm-about-destructive-beetles-on-gmo-corn/

Consumer Concern Over GM Sweet Corn Mounts

February 26, 2014, Ottawa. Major grocery chains in Canada were reminded again today of consumer concern over genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered) food, and GM sweet corn in particular.

“We don’t want GM sweet corn in our grocery stores. This insect-killing corn is not appetizing,” said André Nault of the Quebec network Vigilance OGM, “GM sweet corn is the first GM whole food grown in Canada and consumers don’t want to eat sweet corn that’s genetically modified to kill insects.”
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Rootworm destroying GE corn all over the US, and coming to Canada soon

CBC Radio The Current on BT resistance in GMO crops.

http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2013/05/29/gm-resistant-rootworms-and-the-future-of-farming/

Genetically modified corn seed was supposed to be resistant to the dreaded rootworm. But in parts of the U.S. Midwest, corn farmers are discovering the very problem that GM crops were supposed to eliminate are back in the corn and raising questions about the future of GM farming.

Will it come to Canada?: “Only a matter of time”

2 4 D corn close to approval in Canada

2,4-D-resistant field corn, soybeans pass safety tests in Canada

Dow only needs to clear one more hurdle; seeds could be on market by spring

By Ian MacLeod, The Ottawa Citizen October 22, 2012

OTTAWA — Dow Chemical is close to selling controversial corn seed genetically modified to withstand dousing with the herbicide 2,4-D to repel “superweeds” on Canadian farms.
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Views on the GE corn/cancer study from a European MEP

GMOs: A review and historical approach
Corinne Lepage MEP
Huffington Post, 24 Sept 2012
Article in French: http://www.huffingtonpost.fr/corinne-lepage/ogm-une-etude-et-une-demarche-historiques_b_1907658.html?utm_hp_ref=france
English translation by GMWatch

Admittedly, I am biased. I founded CRIIGEN in 1999 because I needed to know. My government experience gave me serious doubts about GMOs. My scepticism was shared by the Prime Minister Alain Juppe, who had signed a moratorium on GMOs in 1997. Subsequently, as President of CRIIGEN, I wanted, followed, and supported the study by Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini on NK603 maize. Continue reading

CBAN press release on the study linking GE corn to cancer

Press Release: Unprecedented Safety Study Finds Harm from GM Corn
September 20, 2012, Ottawa. The first-ever GM food safety study to test over the entire life span of laboratory rats (2 years) was published yesterday and found serious health impacts from eating Monsanto’s genetically engineered (also called genetically modified or GM) corn NK603, which was approved in Canada in 2001. The peer-reviewed study also tested the impacts of consuming residues of Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, the widest selling herbicide in the world. Continue reading