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Ottawa should block use of GM wheat: Hillson

The StarPhoenix


Saturday, April 19, 2003

Jack Hillson, MLA

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Liberal MLA Jack Hillson wants to stop the federal government from approving the use of genetically modified wheat he fears won't be accepted by Canadian customers.

Hillson wrote Lyle Vanclief, the federal agriculture minister, this week to lobby on behalf of farm groups and government agencies such as the Canadian Wheat Board, all of which oppose the production of the wheat for fear that it will mix with other products and hurt the industry.

But Hillson is concerned that the federal Liberals are intent on bowing to the wishes of the chemical and grain companies developing the produce and approve the genetically modified wheat by early next year, he told a press conference Wednesday.

"Fundamentally it is up to the government to protect the Canadian farmers and protect the Canadian markets -- it isn't up to Monsanto (the producer of Round-up)," he said. "We can't put our future in the hands of a multi-national chemical company."

Although the government is studying the feasibility of genetically modified wheat, it isn't looking at marketability but only at safety and the science, Hillson said.

"Well, there is no evidence there is a health risk. I concede that. But I also say that's irrelevant if our customers say 'We won't accept Round-up ready wheat into our country and we will close our markets to Canadian wheat if you allow its production,' then we place ourselves at enormous risk."

The provincial government should take a stronger stance in opposition to the production of the wheat, he said.

 
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