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Greenpeace Denounces Canada Advisory Report on GE Foods

Greenpeace Denounces Canada
Advisory Report on GE Foods

Canada NewsWire
August 23, 2001 Genetic Engineering report: Weak, ge, gm, chernobyl, Meek
and Reeking of biotech bias

MONTREAL:

Greenpeace Canada today reacted to the release of the Canadian Biotech
Advisory Committee's (CBAC) interim report, calling it
"weak, meek and reeking of biotech bias." The committee, established by
the federal government, is dominated by the biotech industry and its allies.
The committee's process was so skewed, Greenpeace and more than 80
other environmental, health and consumer groups boycotted it.
"This report is weak on science, meek on regulation and reeks of another
government sales job on behalf of the biotech industry," said Dr. Eric
Darier of Greenpeace's genetic engineering campaign. "There's absolutely
nothing here to prevent the environmental release of this unproven genetic
experiment - and nothing that lets Canadians know what they're eating."
"Our worst fears have been confirmed," he said. "The whitewash
continues."

Darier noted that the 53 genetic engineering recommendations made last
February by an independent scientific panel of the Royal Society of Canada
- the country's preeminent scientific body - have yet to be acted on by
Ottawa.

"Scientists recommended 53 ways to safeguard Canadians from genetic
engineering" said Darier. "Greenpeace calls on the federal government to
wake up and listen to scientists. The rest of the world doesn't want GE
food and won't buy it, yet Canada still listens to an industry that has been
discredited around the world."

Darier said the CBAC report makes vague recommendations about "improving
the regulation of GM foods" and about "the monitoring of long-term health
and environmental impacts of GM foods" but fails to recommend an immediate
moratorium on GM plants and foods UNTIL these improvements are put in
place.

"Is the government waiting for a genetic Chenobyl to happen before acting in
a responsible manner?" asked Darier.

"More than 90 per cent of Canadians want mandatory labelling of GE food,
but the industry is petrified of mandatory labelling because it knows people
don't want GE food," he said. "It's no surprise CBAC doesn't support
mandatory labelling. But CBAC doesn't vote on Bill C-287 this fall - MPs do.
And MPs know that Canadians want mandatory labelling of GE food now."

References:
1) CBAC: www.cbac-cccb.ca
2) Royal Society report : Elements of Precaution: Recommendations for
the Regulations of Food Biotechnology in Canada - www.rsc.ca
3) www.greenpeace.ca


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