Canadian agencies propose gmo exemption from regulation

  • by Canada Organic Trade Association
  • 12-Jul-2022 12:00

If approved, the proposals would remove government oversight of many new genetically modified organisms.

Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) are proposing to exempt many new genetically engineered (genetically modified or GE) foods and seeds from regulation. If approved, the proposals would remove government oversight of many new genetically modified organisms (GMOs) produced through the new genetic engineering techniques of genome editing (also called gene editing) that have no foreign DNA. This would mean unregulated GMOs on the market: GMOs sold without government approval and no mandatory notification to government, the public or farmers.

Without government oversight, there will be no regulation of what is allowed into our environment and our food system.  Farmers will not be able to identify organic seeds from GE/GMO seeds, contamination will increase in our environment and food supply risking organic markets, increasing the chance of patent lawsuits and making it very challenging for consumers to know what is in their food supply.

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