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TITLE:  Greenpeace petition drive demands GE food labelling
SOURCE: Greenpeace Canada
AUTHOR: Press Release
DATE:   13.03.2007

Greenpeace petition drive demands GE food labelling
Greenpeace calls for immediate action from BC Premier Campbell on
mandatory GE labelling

VANCOUVER, Canada -- Greenpeace today launched a petition calling on the
BC government to legislate mandatory labelling before the next election.
The petition drive comes as a study is released in Europe showing that
biotech giant Monsanto used incomplete data to obtain approval of its
genetically modified corn and that laboratory rats, fed with a
genetically engineered (GE) maize produced by Monsanto, have shown
kidney and liver toxicity, according to a new study.(1)

The study, published today in the journal "Archives of Environmental
Contamination and Toxicology", analysed results of safety tests submitted by

Monsanto to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) when the company
was seeking authorisation to market its GE Maize variety MON863 in
Canada. The data shows that MON863 has significant health risks
associated with it; nonetheless, the CFIA approved the maize for
unconfined release into the environment and for consumption by both
humans and animals in 2003. The incriminating evidence was obtained by
Greenpeace following a court case(2), and passed on for evaluation by a
team of experts headed by Professor Gilles Eric Seralini, a governmental
expert in genetic engineering technology from the University of Caen.(3)

"Consumers are already skeptical when it comes to GMOs and this latest
news about Monsanto will only confirm those concerns. GMOs are
inherently risky, and we should not be releasing these untested products
into the environment or into our food chain," said Josh Brandon, GE
campaigner for Greenpeace. "If GE products continue to appear in our
food, however, consumers need labels on these products so that they can
make informed choices when it comes to what they buy."

The release of this latest data shows the urgent need for mandatory
labelling of GE products in BC. The results also confirm the warnings raised

by the Royal Society of Canada's expert panel on biotechnology.(4) In
2001, the panel of scientific experts found that the lack of independent
verification of company produced data could lead to the approval of
improperly tested and potentially unsafe products.

"As many as 70% of the processed foods on store shelves in BC could
contain GE ingredients, and there is absolutely no way for consumers to
know this important fact," said Eleanor Boyle of GE Free BC. "Consumers
have a right to know what is in the food they eat, so that they can make
the decision whether or not to consume this untested and risky
technology. BC has the opportunity to lead the way on this issue in
Canada and Premier Campbell should listen to British Columbians who want
mandatory labelling of GMOs and take action before the next provincial

A recent Greenpeace poll, found that 79 per cent of BC residents support
legislation requiring all GE food to be labelled, and indicated that the
issue could be significant in the next provincial election.(5)

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For more information contact:
Josh Brandon, Greenpeace Canada, GE campaigner, cell: 604-721-7493
Eleanor Boyle, GE Free BC, cell: 604-230-2561
Andrew Male, Greenpeace Canada, Communications, cell: 416-880-2757

1) The article is published online (
1432-0703) by the American journal Archives of Environmental
Contamination and Toxicology; it will be printed in May. A Greenpeace
briefing on the study is available on request.
2) For details, please refer to the Greenpeace paper: "The MON863case-a
chronicle of systematic deception
3) The analysis team was headed by Professor Seralini from University of
Caen and included experts from the French independent scientific
organisation CRIIGEN.
4) RSC, Royal Society of Canada (Expert Panel on the Future of Food
Technology) 2001. Elements of Precaution: Recommendations for the
Regulation of Food Biotechnology in Canada. Ottawa: Royal Society of Canada.
5) The Stratcom poll of 601 BC eligible voters was conducted between
November 23 and November 30, 2006. It has a margin of error +/- 4.0%. A
copy of the report is available on request.

Related news stories
Mandatory labelling of GE foods in British Columbia
BC voters demand GE labelling

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TITLE:  Liberals support Quebec farmers: Charest
SOURCE: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canada
DATE:   24.02.2007

Liberals support Quebec farmers: Charest

Liberal Leader Jean Charest promised to support farmers and promote
their products on Saturday, while backing away from an earlier party
pledge to introduce mandatory labelling for genetically modified organisms.

Charest unveiled his party's agricultural platform during a campaign
stop in St-Hyacinthe, in the province's farming heartland. A Liberal
government would stand by Quebecers "passionate about agriculture" and
encourage innovation in the sector, Charest said.

If elected in the March 26 provincial election, the Liberals would also
promote Quebec agricultural products in all markets, he promised.

Charest softened the party's stance on mandatory labelling for
genetically modified organisms (GMOs), explaining that his government's
efforts on the issue were resisted in other parts of Canada and
questioned by some Quebec agricultural companies.

The Liberal party promised in the 2003 election to introduce mandatory
labels for GMOs. Charest also pledged to defend Quebec's supply
management system for milk, egg and chicken production.

ADQ questions commitment to farmers

On Saturday, Action Démocratique du Québec Leader Mario Dumont
challenged the Liberal government's commitment to farmers.

Dumont, who was making a campaign stop at a dairy farm in Lotbinière,
accused Charest of jeopardizing agricultural workers on Montreal's south
shore by deciding to extend Highway 30, which will eat into 600 hectares
of surrounding land.

He also accused the Liberal government of neglecting agriculture in its
last mandate by appointing Françoise Gauthier to the portfolio -- whom
the ADQ leader called a "weak" cabinet minister.

He said the Liberals' new platform doesn't have a lot of substance on
farming issues, while promising that his party would unveil more
specifics on its own agriculture policy later in the campaign.

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