Sunday, August 03, 2008

Canada leads in Frankenfood secrecy

This comes under the 'Did you know?' category.
In Britain, there is controversy over the growing of open air GM (genetically modified) crops. These trial crops have always been identified as to location. However, some have been attacked by 'vandals' opposed to open air growing because there are no studies or interest for that matter, on what could happen to the environment with these Frankencrops growing adjacent to regular crops.
This has led the scientists to ask that their precious study crops be kept secret.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), which licenses open air trials commented: "EU legislation says that we must disclose GM trial locations to the public. We are awaiting a European Court of Justice ruling, likely later this year, on a French legal case that should clarify how the EU law in this area can be interpreted by Member States ...
We should follow the same approach as that followed in Canada for very small scale trials of say 400 plants or so - where the risks are looked at by a panel but the location of those sites is not revealed."
Friends of the Earth in Britain, believe that the trials should be stopped altogether. " ... we don't know the impact they'll have on the environment and on health and very often these trials are not set up to look at that."

A panel? When was the last time you heard of a Canadian panel looking out for the public interest?
Nice to know that we are leading in something, isn't it. Even if it is secrecy.
Er ... isn't it?

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