Judge GM on a case-by-case basis: experts

Judge GM on a case-by-case basis: experts

Lucy Sharratt and Robert Wager don’t agree on much. Sharratt spends most of her time opposing genetically modified food, while Wager is a vocal defender of the technology. However, they do see eye to eye on one matter: it’s wrong to make blanket statements about the safety of GM food. “Each GM food needs to […] Read more

Jennifer Dyck works with the Canola Eat Well initiative, a farmer-funded program that holds workshops to highlight healthy, nutritious cooking.  |  Ed White photo

Farmers have much to teach consumers

Producer group aims to provide credible information on healthy meals and farm practices through consumer workshops

Consumers have become frazzled about food, whether it’s over GMOs, pesticides, gluten, big farms versus small farms, local versus global or organic versus conventional. Jennifer Dyck and Ellen Pruden are trying to alleviate the worry by challenging today’s food paranoia with a simple and friendly method. “I think it’s really about putting people back in […] Read more

Finn Rosmanitz tries organic baby food that does not contain genetically modified organisms, 
pesticides or added hormones. Young mothers have become a powerful consumer group. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Consumers search for trustworthy GMO information

Consumer perceptions and confusion abound when it comes to the topic of genetically modified organisms. There was no confusion for Jennifer Carlson when she launched her line of organic baby food 11 years ago. “Organic was always predominately the number one choice when we started this company,” the Calgary mother said. “As a mother, I […] Read more

In 1996, herbicide resistance genetics are approved in U.S. and Canadian crops. | File photo

Highlights on the road toward genetic modification in agriculture

1972: Researchers at Stanford University and the University of California use enzymes to cut a piece of bacterial DNA and replace it with another strand. This forms the basis for rDNA, the blending of genetics from a variety of organisms. 1974: Rudolf Jaenisch and Beatrice Mintz at MIT use rDNA tools and introduce foreign DNA […] Read more

Green Party leader Elizabeth May, the party’s only MP, says its main concerns are GM labelling, resistance to new GM crops and global food supply. | File photo

Public’s anti-GMO perception tainted by media, say Green Party, NFU

Organization officials say because they questioned the need for GM food and pushed for scientific testing on its safety, they have been labelled GM opponents

Dozens of Canadian organizations are dedicated to halting the march of genetically modified food with messages from mild skepticism to radically militant and doses of real science sprinkled throughout. Here’s a look at two of the best known: the Green Party and the National Farmers Union. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, the party’s only MP, […] Read more

Farm groups challenge food company’s non-GM pledge

Yogurt maker Dannon is misleading the public by suggesting non-GM crops are more sustainable than GM crops, say opponents

Farmers and food companies have dropped the gloves in the de-bate over genetically modified food. A number of food companies have recently announced they are introducing non-GM product lines. That is making growers antsy because many rely on biotechnology to keep weeds and insects at bay. The line in the sand for farm groups was […] Read more

Grappling with GM animals

The House of Commons agriculture committee has recommended greater regulatory transparency when evaluating genetically modified animals for human consumption. However, it stopped short of recommending mandatory labelling of GM foods, saying the government should support that only for issues of food health and safety. The NDP committee members filed a dissenting report on that point. […] Read more

The debate over GM foods

Is it best that people should know how laws and sausages are made? With media coverage of politics these days, most people know more about the former. And with sausages, we’re talking about food — in this case, specifically crops that are genetically modified. So much of what is said or written about GM foods […] Read more

Case made for labelling, but questions abound

To label or not to label: that is the question. And according to one food biotech critic, we will never know the answer as to whether Canada should legislate mandatory labels for genetically modified ingredients in food unless we try it. “We can say there’s a discrepancy, but until we put labelling on the products, […] Read more