Thursday, June 23, 2011

CBAN (Canadian Biotechnology Action Network) GM Food Primer


HOW CAN I AVOID GM FOODS?
Our government does not require labeling.
But you can still make a choice:
1. Eating certified organic food is one way you can avoid GM food because GM is prohibited in organic farming. This includes organic dairy, eggs and meat because animals in organic farming are not fed GM grains like corn
or soy.
2. You can avoid eating processed foods with corn, canola and soy ingredients.
3. You can buy cane sugar to avoid eating sugar from GM sugarbeets
4. Support farmers who fight GM: buy food directly from farmers who do not plant GM corn, canola or soy or use GM grains for meat, dairy or egg production.
More info at www.cban.ca/gmfoods
WHAT CAN I DO TO STOP GM FOODS? 1. Make choices to eat Non-GM foods.
2. Talk to your friends and family about GM foods. Subscribe for online news and action: www.cban.ca/About/CBAN-e-News
3. Connectwithagroupinyourcommunityto share information and action. Contact CBAN for materials and strategic action ideas.
4. Join the campaign to stop GM animals. 5. Donate today! www.cban.ca/donate
More action at www.cban.ca
TAKE ACTION WITH CBAN
Stop the introduction of GM animals such as the GM salmon and the GM “Enviropig”.
Stop Monsanto’s GM Alfalfa and GM Wheat. Provide consumers with reliable
information.
Ban Terminator Technology in Canada.
Fight corporate control over seeds and protect organic farming.
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GMOWHAT IS GENETIC MODIFICATION?
Genetic modification (GM) is recombinant DNA technology, also called genetic engineering or GE.
With genetic engineering scientists can change plants or animals at the molecular level by inserting genes or DNA segments from other organisms. Unlike conventional breeding and hybridization, the process of genetic engineer- ing enables the direct transfer of genes from organisms in entirely different species or kingdoms that would not breed in nature.
WHAT GM FOODS
ARE ON THE MARKET?
Three major GM crops are grown in Canada: soy, canola and corn. These are widely used as ingredients in processed foods. Right now there is also some GM sugar on the market in Canada from GM white sugar beets. GM cotton, papaya and some types of squash are grown in the U.S. and can be imported, mostly as processed food ingredients. There are no GM vegetables or fruits grown or sold as produce
in Canada.
X GM Tomatoes: There are no GM tomatoes on the market anywhere in the world.
X GM Potatoes: Monsanto took GM potatoes off the market because of consumer rejection.
X GM Wheat: In 2004, Monsanto withdrew its request for approval of GM wheat in Canada and the US because of consumer and farmer protest. Monsanto has relaunched its GM wheat research.
X The GM corn grown in Canada is hard corn used for animal feed and processed food ingredients. There is no GM popcorn on the market. There is one seed company that could be selling GM sweetcorn.
ARE GM FOODS SAFE TO EAT?
There are many serious unanswered safety questions. We don’t know what, if any, impacts GM foods could have on our health.
Many scientists warn that:
The process of genetic engineering can create new allergens.
Foreign DNA can survive in the human gut. Animal feeding studies indicate liver and
kidney problems.
GM foods are approved for human consumption based on company-produced science. The data is secret and is not peer-reviewed by independent scientists. Health Canada does not do its own testing. There is no mandatory labelling in Canada, and no tracking or monitoring of possible health impacts.
WHAT ARE THE
ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS?
Once GM plants are released into the environ- ment they cannot be controled or recalled. Genetic pollution is irreversible living pollution that self-replicates. Contamination of other plants is a major problem because the genes from any crop can move, via seed and pollen flow. GM crops are resulting in increased pesticide use, herbicide tolerant weeds,
and expansion of industrial farming.
WHO OWNS GM SEEDS?
GM technology facilitates corporate control because patents on genetic sequences mean that corporations can own seeds. Monsanto is the largest seed company in the world and owns about 86% of GM seeds sown globally.
GM CROPS GROWN IN CANADA
CROP TRAIT WHERE ON THE SHELVES
1. Corn
2. Canola
3. Soy
4. Sugar beet
Insect resistant, herbicide tolerant
Corn flakes • Corn chips • Cornstarch • Corn syrup • Corn oil and other corn ingredients in processed foods • Sweeteners like glucose and fructose • Eggs, milk and meat
Canola oil • Eggs, milk and meat
Soy oil • Soy protein • Soy lecithin • Tofu • Soy beverages • Soy puddings • Eggs, milk and meat
Sugar
Check www.cban.ca/gmfoods for updates
Herbicide tolerant
Herbicide tolerant
Herbicide tolerant
U.S. (Hawaii)
U.S.
U.S.
GM FOODS IMPORTED TO CANADA
FOOD GROWN WHERE ON THE SHELVES
5. Cottonseed oil U.S.
6. Papaya
7. Squash
8. Milk products (Bovine Growth Hormone)
Cottonseed oil • Vegetable oil in processed foods such as potato chips
Papaya in fruit juices and other processed foods
Some zucchini • Yellow crookneck and straightneck squash
Milk solids and powder • Frozen desserts with dairy • Imported mixed drinks with milk ingredients
Check www.cban.ca/gmfoods for updates

2 comments:

Iz said...

This is someting we've been concerned about for some time. This is great info - thanks for posting this.
Iz

Meg said...

My daughter and I are allergic to corn. I cannot explain to you how very hard it is to avoid. Many people theorize that GMO corn has caused a drastic increase in this allergy, but most allergists don't even test for it. Unfortunately, after a certain amount of processing, GMO corn is allowed in organic foods. Check out this list of ingredients to avoid: http://www.cornallergens.com/list/corn-allergen-list.php
It is so very hard to find corn free foods. And even after extreme processing, my body knows that it is corn. This allergy is what led me to you. I learned to my disgust that most grocery store fruits and vegetables, organic or not, are either coated with a corn-based wax or gas ripened with corn based ethylene. So I decided to plant a garden, and found your website. Thank you for being a part of the fight for real food!