February 19, 2017

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Here are some recent articles on issues in genetic engineering, generated by CBAN.

Séralini study defies censors, by Lucy Sharratt, CBAN Coordinator, Common Ground, August 2014.

GM Salmon Go To Court, by Lucy Sharratt, CBAN Coordinator, Common Ground, February 2014.


Biotech plays the world hunger card to promote GMOs, by Lucy Sharratt and Taarini Chopra, CBAN, in Common Ground Magazine, October 2013.

Chefs' Portal


Take Action

The GMO-Free ZONE is an initiative of the Canadian Chefs’ Congress that encourages restaurants and food establishments to declare their opposition to Genetically Engineered (GE) foods.

  • Join the GMO Free ZONE – Food Professionals Against Genetically Modified Organisms group on Facebook.
  • If your establishment wishes to proclaim its support of the GMO-Free ZONE send an email to gmofree@canadianchefscongress.com you’ll be added to the growing list of likeminded businesses and send you a door sticker!

In 2010 at the Canadian Chefs' Congress in BC more than 200 chefs signed a petition against GE salmon.

CCC GM flag

Consumer Guides

For vegetable growers: Identifying and Avoiding GM Sweet Corn Seed in Canada, December 2014

You can also check out CBAN's answer to the question "What GM Foods are on the Market?"

Contact us to order copies of the below GM Foods Fridge Chart postcard. Click here to view both sides.

GM Food Chart Postcard Cover

There is also this great Guide in French! Order your copies from Vigilance OGM

You can also visit the Non-GMO Project to find lists of brand name products that have eliminated GM ingredients.

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Why Your Food Choices Matter: A Guide to Local and Ecologically Grown Food - Ontario and BC versions.Click here to view this great brochure! Order copies of this colouful brochure, includes the basics about local, organic, ecological as well as information about what genetically engineered crops and foods are on the market. Contact us to order copies


Click here to sign up to the CBAN News and Action Listserve - receive the latest information and action alerts - low traffic list to keep you informed.

Factsheets and Pamphlets

Quick Guide to GM Food:

What is genetic modification? What GM foods are the market? October 2016

Golden Rice:

"Golden Rice" GM Vitamin-A Rice, July 2016.


GM Crop Data Clarified: Interpreting the ISAAA report, February 2013

GM Cotton:

Genetically Modified Cotton: February 2013

Health Risks:

Séralini et al. GM corn safety study in context - Introduction and basic comparison, September 2012

GM Apple:

The Genetically Modified "Non-Browning" Apple, November 2012

Will GM Crops Feed the World?

Pamphlet summary of the report. December 2015.

Why Your Food Choices Matter Cover 2

Why Your Food Choices Matter: A Guide to Local and Ecologically Grown Food

Contact us to request copies of the BC or Ontario brochure.

This colouful brochure for Ontario, includes the basics about local, organic, ecological as well as information about what genetically engineered crops and foods are on the market.

Click here to download the chart of GM food and crops - print it up for your fridge!

GM Food Chart Postcard Cover

For Farmers in Ontario



"GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what's on your plate? Check for screenings in your area and watch the trailer.

"Alfalfa: Queen of the Pasture"

The professional animator who made this film about GM alfalfa is organic farmer, Nathan Carey, who is featured in the film "To Make a Farm" about young farmers! Check it out!

Farmers Speak on GM Alfalfa

Share the video with your friends and family, screen the video at community events and film fests! You can request the file from us for screening. Click here to find out more information about the people behind the video.


Smurfs deal with the arrival of GMOs in this great 7 minute film from Quebec!

The World According to Monsanto

Monsanto is the world leader in genetically engineered seeds, as well as one of the most controversial corporations in industrial history. This century-old empire has created some of the most toxic products ever sold, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the herbicide Agent Orange. Based on a painstaking investigation, The World According to Monsanto puts together the pieces of the company’s history, calling on hitherto unpublished documents and numerous first-hand accounts.

Filmmaker and CBAN Coordinator

The World According to Monsanto filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin with CBAN Coordinator, Lucy Sharratt in Ottawa.

Misleading reports, collusion, pressure tactics and attempts at corruption: the history of Monsanto is filled with disturbing episodes. Behind its clean, green image, Monsanto is tightening its grasp on the world seed market, striving for market supremacy to the detriment of food security and the global environment.

CBAN rating: CBAN gives 5 stars to a great film that documents our victories against Monsanto and the most pressing current issues. The film includes footage from the Canadian fight against Bovine Growth Hormone and ends with the dramatic situation faced by small farmers in Paraguay who are surrounded by expanding monoculture of GE soy and its herbicide Roundup. How can these farmers protect their families from pesticide poisoning? See La Soja Mata/Soy Kills or join with CBAN to support these farmers and to follow the issues raised in the film. Contact CBAN to buy the film. Click here to see more information about Monsanto.


The Seed Map is a teaching and advocacy tool designed to show the state of global agro-biodiversity today. Anyone can use it – teachers, gardeners, policy makers, and more! The map identifies key threats to the world’s seed and biodiversity systems, and highlights regions where peoples’ movements are fighting to protect biodiversity – and winning!

Map of GE Food Labelling Laws Around the World: From the Center for Food Safety US.

GE-Free Popcorn Packet

Fun and informative! for your local film festivals and events!

Click here to download a GE-Free Popcorn Packet for you to use at your local events - created by GE Free BC

Click here to see the paper-folding diagram

You can watch Julie Emerson fold the packet in her great 3-minute "how-to" video posted on You Tube - search for "Popcorn Packet"

"I designed the GE Free Popcorn Packet to give out not only some important info about genetic engineering of corn and other seeds but also some free organic popcorn. The GE Free Seeds Free Packet, containing beans to plant, was a success for several years, and with the many upcoming Seedy Saturdays, farmers’ markets, and screenings of the film King Corn, I thought it was time for a fresh take on it."

The text is printed on the paper exactly as it is to be folded, and has contact info for GE Free BC. If you live outside BC, feel free to modify it with your own seed and contact information by actual cutting-and-pasting. The packet is an easy to fold origami envelope, based on a Seeds of Diversity design.

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