As you may know, GE Foods and Human Health: A Cross-Canada Speaker’s Tour has just begun and the events have been very well attended and have resulted in excellent discussions on GE/GMO foods & human health. We look forward to the rest of this tour with Dr. Thierry Vrain and Dr. Shiv Chopra as they continue to educate the public across Canada.
Nature’s Path is generously hosting a fundraising dinner in support of the tour this Saturday, November 23rd. If you’d like to attend, tickets may still be available. Continue reading
Genetically Engineered (GE) Foods and Human Health: A Cross-Canada Speaker’s Tour begins tomorrow, with over 30 events to follow. Please help promote the tour by sharing this info graphic on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.
As many of our readers might already know, the Society for a GE Free BC has partnered with Greenpeace Vancouver Local Group to coordinate a cross-Canada speaker’s tour on the topic of genetically engineered foods. Entitled Genetically Engineered (GE) Foods and Human Health, the goal of this tour is to address the public’s concerns about GE foods and their impacts on human health.
Through a mix of presentations and public meetings, Dr. Thierry Vrain, a retired soil biologist and genetic engineer who now speaks against GE technology after a 30-year career with Agriculture Canada, and Dr. Shiv Chopra, a former Health Canada scientist who lost his job after going public with concerns about the potential human health risks associated with bovine growth hormone, will discuss their concerns about GE foods within the Canadian food system.
In order to help make the tour a reality, we are reaching out to like-minded individuals, organizations, and businesses, and asking for financial support. As non-profit organizations, we rely on the funding from local business and organizations willing to help raise awareness on GE foods, and seek donations to help cover core expenses including airfare, gas, vehicle rentals, and accommodations.
With twenty-eight events scheduled for the western tour, and more being confirmed for the eastern tour (scheduled for January-February 2014), the anticipated cost of the tour is $10,000. To date, we have raised over $2,000, and are asking for your support by making a financial donation to GE Foods & Human Health’s GoFundMe online campaign: http://www.gofundme.com/2ys84s Continue reading
Pigs fed a diet of only genetically modified grain showed markedly higher stomach inflammation than pigs who dined on conventional feed, according to a study by a team of Australian scientists and U.S. researchers.
The study adds to an intensifying public debate over the impact of genetically modified (GM) crops, which are widely used by U.S. and Latin American farmers and in many other countries around the world. Continue reading
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SOURCE: Hawaii Tribune Herald, USA
AUTHOR: Tom Callis
SUMMARY: “Genetic engineering opponents turned out in force Tuesday before the Hawaii County Council to support a bill that could determine the future of agriculture on the Big Island. The bill would prevent farmers from planting any genetically modified crops not already grown on the island, and has gained enthusiastic support from critics of the biotech industry. […] More than 100 people from across the island signed up to speak before the council’s Committee on Public Safety and Mass Transit. A large majority spoke in favor of the bill, which will be discussed again at the committee‚s May 29 meeting.”
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Bee colony collapse is taking on new proportions with up to half of bees now dying. Our current dysfunctional agricultural system is destroying itself from within by monoculture, massive use of pesticides and herbicides, and an unsustainable industrial agricultural model. Read the New York Times piece here, and below a quote, one of the first mainstream media stories that accept there may be a link between colony collapse and GE crops.
Neonicotinoids are hardly the beekeepers’ only concern. Herbicide use has grown as farmers have adopted crop varieties, from corn to sunflowers, that are genetically modified to survive spraying with weedkillers.
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