January 17, 2017
Take Action / GMO Inquiry
GMOs have been in our food and environment in Canada for 20 years. It’s time to investigate their real impacts and risks.
You can now find the answer to:
- "Where in the world are GM crops and foods?"
- "Are GM Crops Better for the Environment?"
- "Are GM Foods Better for Consumers?"
- "Are GM Crops Better for Farmers?"
- "Are GM Crops and Foods Well Regulated?"
- "Do We Need GM Crops to Feed the World?
It’s been 20 years since the Canadian government approved the first genetically modified (GM) foods and crops, but critical questions about their impacts on our health, our environment, and our economy remain unanswered. Join CBAN over the course of 2015, as we dig into these important questions and investigate the real impacts and risks of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Canada.
Follow the GMO Inquiry 2015 as CBAN investigates:
- Where in the world are GM crops and foods?
- Are GM crops better for the environment?
- Are GM foods better for consumers?
- Are GM crops better for farmers?
- Are GM crops and foods well regulated?
- Do we need GM crops to feed the world?
Why the GMO Inquiry now?
Twenty years ago, the Canadian government approved the first genetically modified crops. In 1995, federal regulators approved GM canola varieties as well as the first GM soy, GM tomatoes (withdrawn from the market by the company) and GM potatoes (also withdrawn from the market by the company). With these decisions, the federal government introduced genetically modified crops into our environment and food system.
After 20 years, we still have some major unanswered questions and we hear conflicting messages about the impacts and risks of GM crops and foods. Even though we still have important unanswered questions, the Canadian government could soon approve new GM foods, including the first-ever GM apple (this would be the first GM fruit grown in Canada) and the first GM food animal in the world (a GM salmon).
What are the real impacts of GMOs on our environment, on our food and farming systems, on our economy, and on our health? We want to know about the food we’re growing, buying and eating. We want to know who really benefits, and who pays the costs.
The Canadian government has not monitored or shared detailed information to answer our questions. It’s time to bring together research in Canada and from around the world, as well as the experiences of farmers in Canada and other countries, to shed light on the impacts of GMOs over the past two decades. It’s time to decide if we want GMOs in the future of our food and farms.
The GMO Inquiry 2015 is a project of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN). CBAN is a campaign coalition of 17 organizations that researches, monitors and raises awareness about issues relating to genetic engineering in food and farming. CBAN members include farmer associations, environmental and social justice organizations, and regional coalitions of grassroots groups. CBAN is a project on the shared platform of Tides Canada.