Posted on March 11, 2015

Why is everybody so confused about Genetically Modified Organisms? We are saturated with daily messages about GMOs, a veritable barrage about how bad they really are. It is all very ominous and fuzzy with nothing really concrete either way.  

Posted on August 29, 2014

Lab ratFor Vancouver Island opponents of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) and genetic-engineering (GE), Robert Wager has become a familiar figure. In March, Mr.

Posted on April 20, 2014

FINLAND, Minn. – Today, by a vote of 28-2, the Vermont state Senate passed H.112, a bill to require mandatory labeling of foods sold in Vermont that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

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Posted on November 20, 2013

by Lucy Sharratt

Biotechnology corporations would like us to believe that their technology can remake industrial agriculture and usher in a second “Green Revolution” that will feed the entire world. Now that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been in the ground for almost 20 years, we can evaluate the reality of GMOs, and their future “green” potential. We can also look at our options for making green food choices.

A fundamental problem, that’s never been dealt with, is that

Posted on November 07, 2012

GM Food and Coopsby Lucy Sharratt

The proliferation of genetically engineered (also called genetically modified or GM) ingredients is an extremely complex challenge that’s set to frustrate and test any food co-op, but the co-op model itself is uniquely placed to face this challenge head-on and make sense of it for customer-members and the community at large. In fact, food co-ops in Canada are charting a path through an industrialized food system riddled with GM foods.

Posted on October 17, 2012

Suddenly, and without much warning, biotech companies are rushing to get gene-altered products onto the shelves of local stores.

Review by Colin Graham, of
The Ecological Risks of Engineered Crops, Jane Risseler and Margaret Mellon; The MIT Press, 1996, 128 pp.

Consumers can help puncture the inflated claims of giant agrochemical companies. The science of gene splicing has appeared rather suddenly as an arcane, sometimes hopeful, but more often threatening technology. Polls show that 80% of British Columbians would, if given the choice, avoid transgenic food.

Posted on October 15, 2012

Author finds the concept of patented products difficult to digest.

by Liza Morris

The frequent use of such fearful terms as "Frankenstein foods" and "terminator seeds" to describe the products of the biotechnology industry is a clear sign of the public's growing concern over the proliferation of genetically modified food crops worldwide.

Posted on October 08, 2012

by Aaron Freeman
Reprinted from the Hill Times, Canada's parliamentary newspaper, November 2001

Consumers can be forgiven for being cynical about biotechnology. After all, it's hard to know who to trust when there's no clear line between the biotech industry, government and organizations that claim to be on the side of consumers.

Posted on September 15, 2012

Monsanto's highly-touted GE wheat joins the growing list of obituaries of Frankenfoods and crops.

by Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association
Excerpted from BioDemocracy News #40, August 2002

Contrary to the claims of a literal army of public relations flacks, indentured politicians, and scientists, the first wave of genetically engineered (GE) foods and crops have apparently suffered a fatal haemorrhage. Future historians will likely record Tuesday, July 30, 2002 as the beginning of the end, the day of irreversible decline for Monsanto and the Gene Giants.

On that day, facing mounting global opposition from farmers, consumers, and even major US food transnationals such as General Mills, Monsanto was forced to announce that they were backing off

Posted on August 24, 2012

Government and industry are not telling us everything we need to know about genetically modified (GM) foods.

Reviewed by Sue Frazer

Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating, Jeffrey M. Smith, 2003. ISBN 0-9729665-8-7, $17.95 pb., pp. 289, with index. Yes! Books, PO Box 469, Fairfield, IA 52556. Ph: (888) 717-7000

The Foreword is by Frances Moore Lappé. Thirty years ago she wrote Diet for a Small Planet, an ex­plosive best-seller that challenged us to use the world’s food resources more efficiently. Today, she says world hunger is further complicated—and compromised—by

Posted on August 21, 2012

by Brewster Kneen

The CFIA came into being April 1, 1997, and it has been a bad – and costly – joke ever since. It was set up to make it appear as a credible, independent agency of the Canadian Government, to “consolidate inspection, and animal and plant health services of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Health Canada, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada,” reporting to the

Posted on August 17, 2012

Compiled by Delores Broten

In June, over the legal appeals of the company, Greenpeace won the public release from the German government of a Monsanto research document on its genetically engineered corn, Mon 863. The study, over 1100 pages long, gave the details of a 90-day test feeding of the genetically engineered corn to rats. It raised eyebrows and questions of credibility in the scientific community, but does not appear to have raised any questions in the bureaucracies of Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. 

Mon 863 was approved for general use in Canada in 2003, although the Canadian authorities did not have access to the rat-feeding trials, because they don’t require them. Perhaps, given the problems that

Posted on August 16, 2012

by Jeffrey M. Smith, author of Seeds of Deception

The Russian scientist planned a simple experiment to see if eating genetically modifi ed (GM) soy might infl uence offspring. What she got, however, was an astounding result that may threaten a multi-billion dollar industry. 

Irina Ermakova, a leading scientist at the Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology of

Posted on June 14, 2011

GMO Foodby Stephanie Orford

In the late ‘90s and early 2000s, genetically modified (GM) or genetically engineered (GE) crops were a hot-button issue around the world. They were originally developed by corporations like Monsanto to increase yield by keeping crops insect repellent and tolerant of herbicides. Companies spoke of crops that would feed impoverished countries, manufacture pharmaceuticals and clean up the environment. Critics called GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) a multi-pronged threat to human health, the environment, and even democracy.