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[SANET-MG] a government opinion from Canada
The bureaucrat authoring the government opinion below was a student
member of a research team that , some years ago, that showed Canadian
public favored Bt sweet corn over conventional sweet corn in a highway
market sale. In their final report the team failed to mention that the
GM sweet corn had a sign over the sales bins for the conventional sweet
corn saying "would yoiu buy wormy corn". The Canadian government
presumably believes that the corn research was a model way to promote GM
Trends in Biotechnology 2006
EU biotech crop regulations and environmental risk: a case of the
emperor's new clothes?
Shane H. Morrisa, a,
a26 Woodford Way, Ottawa, Ontario, K2J4B9, Canada
European Union Commissioner for the Environment Stavros Dimas recently
hailed ‘upgraded’ non-genetically modified (GM) crops as an alternative
to GM crops. A comparative analysis of the environmental risks
associated with such non-GM herbicide-resistant crops and GM
herbicide-resistant crops is presented here. The analysis highlights
serious weaknesses in the European Union (EU) regulatory framework, and
the contradictory policy of the EU Commission on the precautionary
principle is also shown. The continued political stance of ignoring
these regulatory and policy inconsistencies is examined and found to be
flawed. It is postulated that, even in the face of these flaws and
coupled with recent statements from the UK drawing attention to
inconsistencies in the EU regulatory framework, the EU will continue to
ignore the real and present environmental risks associated with upgraded
non-GM crops for biopolitical reasons.
AGRICULTURE AND AGRI-FOOD CANADA
Senior Consumer Analyst
Consumer Analysis Section
Telephone: (613) 694-2421 Fax: (613) 759-7480
The Consumer Analysis Section, Cross-Sectoral Food Industry Affairs
Division, Food Value Chain Bureau, Markets and Trade Team, analyzes and
reports on consumer and market demand trends and commercial issues that
drive policy and program development and strategic business decisions in
order to impact the future prosperity of the Canadian agri-food value chain.
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