GMO Food

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 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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Dr. Thierry Vrain, formerly a head of research science at Agriculture Canada, shares his understanding of why the science behind genetic engineering is flawed -- the assumption that one gene makes one protein has been outdated since 2002 and the actions of foreign proteins in the genome are unpredictable and unknown.

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Posted on March 06, 2013

Land Grab in Guatemalaby Susan MacVittie

In March 2011, ethnic Maya Q’eqchi communities of smallholder farmers in southern Guatemala were violently evicted by state security forces from land they had farmed for generations. About 3,200 people from 14 communities in the Polochic valley were forced off land they believed they had a right to live and work on. Within months, hundreds of hectares of the lush valley in the province of Alta Verapaz were being planted with sugar cane that would be turned into ethanol for European cars. Today, displaced families live by

Posted on March 06, 2013

by Gavin Fridell

In 2012, the Conservatives ended the 70-year monopoly seller status of the Canadian Wheat Board, one of the world’s largest and most successful “state trading enterprises.” The government decision came without a vote among prairie grain farmers, required by the Canadian Wheat Board Act, and despite a 2011 plebiscite in which a majority of farmers voted to maintain the Board’s status. The matter is now before the courts, but the Board cannot simply be revived after having been dismantled. Instead, a coalition of farmer groups has launched a class action suit against the government seeking billions of dollars in compensation.

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

Let Them Eat Plastic

Although it's been an issue of concern for many years in the scientific community, the mainstream media is only just catching up with the fact that plastics and food may not mix.

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.

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