We demand the mandatory labelling of GMOs in Canada!
Please sign this petition for a more transparent food industry.
What are GMOs?
They are plants and animals which have been manipulated genetically:
genes from other organisms (often unrelated) selected for certain traits such as
tolerance to pesticides or resistance to insects have been inserted into their cells.
What GM foods are we eating in Canada?
To date corn, canola, soy and sugarbeet are grown in Canada. Several other genetically
engineered foods such as cottonseed oil, papaya, squash and milk products (BGH) are
also imported and found in many processed foods. Other crops including alfalfa are
under review and could be grown in the next few years. For more information and
updates please visit the links posted on the side bar.
What is the problem?
The primary concern with GMO's is that their impact on the environment and on our
health in still uncertain. Most research is done by the biotechnology companies
themselves and could be biaised. Large amounts of pesticides are often required with
GM crops and are harmful to wildlife and to humans, polluting streams
and aquifers. Another concern is that pattented seeds are owned by a few large
companies which can sue farmers and sell their seeds and pesticides at unreasonable
prices. Contamination of non-GMO fields can occur and is a main concern, especially
to organic farmers. GMO's present a threat to biodiversity as they promote
monocultures of a few chosen crops, and, in the case of animals may lead to a decline
in wild populations. For instance GM fish could escape the growing facilities, invade
wild species habitats and possibly outcompete them.
How to avoid eating GMO's?
There is currently no legislation for the labelling of GMO's in Canada. Over 40 countries
have laws for the labelling of GMO's, why not us? Organic farming prohibits the
use of genetically modified seeds or animal feed and so it is a safe way to avoid
consuming GMO's. See the link in the side bar for a guide to avoid GMO's.
This petition will be sent to our local Member of Parliament
in Burnaby, Peter Julian. Thank you for signing!