ARE YOU PASSIONATE about PEACE for animals, humans and our ecosystem?
On Monday, September 16th continuing through Friday, September 20th passionate, driven and determined youth leaders from around the globe will be speaking online through webcast series.
Rachel Parent, GMO Activist, will be one of the many youth featured in this ground-breaking educational movement. Please join Rachel and many others online for Peace Week!
For more information: www.youth-leader.org/webcasts/index.html
GMO Myths and Truths
Excerpt cited from earthopensource:
Based on the evidence presented in this report, there is no need to take risks with GM crops when effective, readily available, and sustainable solutions to the problems that GM technology is claimed to address already exist. Conventional plant breeding, in some cases helped by safe modern technologies like gene mapping and marker assisted selection, continues to outperform GM in producing high-yield, drought-tolerant, and pest- and disease-resistant crops that can meet our present and future food needs.
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Non-GMO Shopping Guide
CBAN Update November 7, 2012 www.cban.ca
Update – Proposition 37 on Mandatory Labelling in California:
Industry money – $46 million from junk food and biotech corporations - has defeated the Californian ballot on mandatory labelling of GM foods. The California vote lost 53% to 47% after misleading television ads and mailings to households claimed labelling GM foods would raise the price of food. Huge grassroots mobilization brought the vote that far and millions more people across North America are now aware of GM foods. It’s been 17 years since the first GM crop, GM canola, was approved (1995) in Canada – We can stop the experiment. Canadians have already stopped Bovine Growth Hormone, Terminator seeds, GM wheat, GM potatoes, and the Enviropig! Join CBAN as we stop GM alfalfa and GM apples. We are building a better future now. http://www.cban.ca/donate
The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network Joins Forces
The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network has joined forces with groups Équiterre, Nature Québec, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Prevent Cancer Now, and Vigilance OGM to denounce approval of 2,4-D tolerant GM corn and soy which will expand pesticide use in Canada. Please see the below press release. You can write to the Minister of Agriculture, Gerry Ritz email@example.com and the Minister of Health, Leona Aglukkaq firstname.lastname@example.org
GM 2,4-D-Tolerant Crops set to Accelerate Pesticide Use: Groups denounce government approvals as reckless
Ottawa. Monday, November 19, 2012.
Today, civil society groups Équiterre, Nature Québec, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Prevent Cancer Now, the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, and Vigilance OGM denounced regulatory approval of Canada’s first corn and soy crop plants genetically engineered (also called genetically modified or GM) to tolerate doses of the herbicide 2,4-D. The groups say that the new GM crops, developed Dow AgroSciences, will lead to increased herbicide use, with more toxic pesticides in the environment and our food.
“The federal government has recklessly approved a GM food crop that is tolerant to yet another toxic pesticide, even though earlier GM glyphosate-tolerant crops already created superweeds and increased pesticide use. These same problems will be recreated by 2,4-D crops,” said Dr. Warren Bell (MD) of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, “Our environment, food and population will be increasingly exposed to another hazardous product.”
“This century’s epidemiological research of 2,4-D formulations continues to show elevated risks of cancers, particularly non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma,” said Dr. Meg Sears (PhD) of Prevent Cancer Now. Research has shown 2,4-D to be an endocrine disruptor, and that 2,4-D can be persuasively linked to cancers, neurological impairment and reproductive problems, and may affect the immune system. (1) Norway, Denmark and Sweden have banned 2,4-D.
“2,4-D-tolerant crops are a declaration of failure by the biotech industry. Existing GM herbicide tolerant crops are failing because weeds are becoming resistant,” said Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network. “2,4-D crops are, at best, a Band-Aid solution for farmers. GM crops are trapping both farmers and consumers on an escalating chemical treadmill.” 30 weeds around the world are already resistant to 2,4-D and earlier this year, 2,4-D resistant waterhemp was reported in the U.S.
GM 2,4-D-tolerant crops have been developed to replace GM glyphosate-tolerant crops because many weed species have become resistant to glyphosate, rendering the herbicide useless for weed management. (2) Herbicide tolerant crops are engineered to withstand spraying of particular chemical pesticides. (3)
A recent analysis of U.S. government data shows that herbicide tolerant weeds have incrementally increased the use of herbicides on GM hectares/acres every year since 2002. (4) The use of herbicides in the U.S. has increased by 239 million kilograms in the 1996-2011 period. This analysis also predicts that new 2,4-D-tolerant GM corn will increase the use of 2,4-D on corn in the U.S. by more than 30-fold over 2010 levels. The new 2,4-D soybean is stacked with a second GM trait for resistance to the herbicide glufosinate, and biotech companies Monsanto and BASF are developing dicamba-tolerant crops.
“The governments of Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia have already banned 2,4-D for cosmetic use because of environmental and health concerns, particularly risks to children,” said Nadine Bachand of Équiterre. “The federal governments should limit our exposure to pesticides that could cause reproductive problems and cancers rather than allow for expanded use of 2,4-D.”
“The Quebec Ministry of Environment has confirmed that use of glyphosate-tolerant GM corn has increased the amount of glyphosate in our surface water. We can only assume the same will happen again with the widespread use of 2,4-D-tolerant GM corn,” said Christine Gingras of Nature Québec and president of Vigilance OGM, “The introduction of 2,4-D-tolerant crops will increase the cocktail of chemical toxins in our waterways but we have little knowledge of potential aggregate and synergistic effects.”
For more information: Mylène Bergeron, Communications, Nature Québec, 418 931 1131; Loïc Dehoux, Media Relations, Équiterre, 514 605 2000; Meg Sears, Prevent Cancer Now 613 297 6042; Lucy Sharratt, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network 613 241 2267 ext 25.
Notes to Editors:
1) Sears, Meg, C Robin Walker, Richard H van der Jagt, and Paul Claman. “Pesticide Assessment: Protecting Public Health on the Home Turf.” Paediatrics & Child Health 11, no. 4 (April 2006): 229–234. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2528613/
2) Two glyphosate-resistant weeds (Giant Ragweed and Canada fleabane) have been found in Ontario and one (kochia) in Alberta. There are now 22 glyphosate-resistant weeds in the U.S.
3) Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, the biggest selling pesticide in the world, and is twinned with Monsanto’s GM “Roundup Ready” herbicide-tolerant soy, canola and corn widely grown in Canada and the U.S.
4) Charles M. Benbrook, “Impacts of genetically engineered crops on pesticide use in the U.S. – the first sixteen years” Environmental Sciences Europe, Vol. 24:24, 28 September 2012.
Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) Collaborative Campaigning for Food Sovereignty and Environmental Justice Suite 206, 180 Metcalfe Street Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2P 1P5
Phone: 613 241 2267 ext. 25
The Genetic Engineering Debate
How GMOs Violate Our Genetic Integrity
In medicine, the struggle to safeguard individual biological integrity and autonomy today has become polarized between governments that obey every wish voiced by Big Pharma and the science showing that the primary causes of disease and death are bad food, most prescription drugs, and a poisoned environment. Significantly, recent research from Chinese universities has shown that crucial segments of the DNA of plant foods survive the digestion process, travel into the blood stream, and take up residence in the liver from where they target various cells in the host to alter gene expression (ideally to enhance survival of the organism). This means that genetically modified plant DNA can do so too, as indeed we know it does. We literally become what we eat – including healthy, sick or dead. In the same way, animal products tainted by genetically altered drugs can cause cancer and birth defects in humans, such as milk from cows treated with bovine growth hormone, a genetically modified substance.
Whistle Blowers Receive Award from CJFE
On November 24, three former Health Canada scientists, famous for refusing to approve bovine growth hormone and other drugs for consumption in Canada, were honoured at the 14th annual award ceremony by the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE): Anna Maria Tremonti of CBC’s “The Current” was the host, and the recipients were Shiv Chopra, Margret Haydon, and Gerard Lambert, who had worked together at Health Canada to uphold the Food and Drugs Act and spent a decade trying to prevent carcinogenic and endocrine disrupting drugs from entering Canada’s food supply. For their determination to save us from our government’s disregard for the health of its citizens, then Prime Minister Paul Martin fired them in 2004 for “insubordination.” Mainly due to these Canadian scientists, who blew the whistle right around the globe, these drugs were stopped worldwide.
Dr. Chopra, in a CBC interview prior to the award ceremony, made the point that in a democracy we all must insist on “re-occupying our bodies” and refusing this corporate trespass. It is now generally known that we eat, drink, breathe and handle materials all day long that contain thousands of toxic substances or radiate us with DNA-zapping microwaves about which we were never informed and for which we never gave permission to be used in us.
Shiv Chopra’s book, Corrupt to the Core – Memoirs of A Health Canada Whistleblower, tells the story of how successive governments, led by Health Canada, colluded with drug manufacturers (in complete violation of the law) to allow harmful chemicals into our food supply, and how many of them were stopped here and abroad. That book, which was also distributed in India, was key in establishing an indefinite moratorium on GM foods in that country last year.
The struggle is certainly not over against those corporate bullies who trespass against our bodies, but India has begun the re-occupation process by suing Monsanto for attempting to force GM vegetables onto its people, calling it “bio-piracy.” Similarly, in November a Canadian court ordered Health Canada to study the impact of Monsanto’s pesticide Roundup (glyphosate) on amphibians, especially frogs. Biological integrity depends on the context in which it evolved and thrives. Personal autonomy is not possible without the protection of the web of life. Whatever causes the frogs to die out will undoubtedly kill us too.
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