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Five GE Crops Recently Taken off the Market in Canada

Five GE Crops Recently Taken off the Market in Canada
GM Crop withdrawals increasing in Canada

The US is attempting to spin us into accepting GM contamination
because it's already there (which it actually isn't for most foods).
This is part of an underhand "public relations" campaign being run by
the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and US food/agribusinesses to
get the rest of the world to accept their GM-contaminated wares.

Apart from GM soya and GM maize, which are already in widespread use
in US agriculture, other GM crops are being withdrawn or never
released in the first place. This is because consumers in the US and
US export markets, the EU and Japan, will not accept GM ingredients.
Interestingly a number of recent withdrawals have started in Canada,
where consumer awareness of GM foods is greater than in the US.

Here's a list of some recent withdrawals :

GM flax - "Triffid"
"GM flax seeds off the market"
The Leader-Post (Regina)
22 June 2001
http://www.gmfoodnews.com/lp220601.txt
Taken off the market because of "...European fears the variety will
contaminate other flax produced in Canada."

GM canola - "Quest"
"Monsanto replacing GMO canola seed in Canada"
Reuters
25 April 2001
http://www.gmfoodnews.com/re250401.txt
"Monsanto said that the quality tests on canola seed, initially
conducted by Saskatchewan Wheat Pool late last week, had detected
trace levels of an alternative version of the Roundup Ready
trait, a version that has not been registered for canola by
Japan, Canada's largest canola seed customer, or the United
States, the largest buyer of Canadian canola oil and meal."

GM potato - "NatureMark" / "NewLeaf"
"Monsanto pulls plug on NatureMark spuds"
Ontario Farmer
6 March 2001
http://www.gmfoodnews.com/of060301.txt
"...She says the varieties were agronomically good but there was
concern about consumer reaction, which was heightened when one major
processor, McCain, decided it would no longer buy GMO spuds."

GM corn - "StarLink"
"Aventis asks EPA to cancel StarLink corn registration"
Reuters
18 January 2001
http://www.gmfoodnews.com/re180101.txt
"Aventis SA (NYSE:AVE) requested that U.S. regulators cancel its
registration for producing StarLink, after the gene-spliced corn
variety was found in numerous food products, setting off hundreds of
recalls..."

plus a now-famous earlier product withdrawal in the UK, which led to
the cancellation of any further growing or R&D on this GM tomato :

GM tomato - "Vegadura" and "Vegaspeso" ("Flavr Savr")
"British ban on GM foods"
Independent, UK
2 May 1999
http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/gm.htm
"Sainsbury will withdraw its GM tomato puree - the first genetically
modified product to be introduced in Britain - from its shelves by
June..."

By exercising choice, and therefore preventing or allowing a market to
develop for new GM crops, it is the consumer who ultimately decides
whether or not these crops will be grown. Recent evidence shows that
consumers are increasingly rejecting GM food, so that food producers
are reluctant to plant seeds that no-one wants harvested.

- Marcus Williamson
http://www.gmfoodnews.com/

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