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Since GM canola was first grown in 1996, numerous ‘escapes’ of all kinds of GM products have been observed.

Canadian GMO escapes common: report

That’s prompted a call for more regulatory oversight and deregistering GM alfalfa

Better regulations are needed to prevent contamination from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). That’s what the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) and the SaskOrganics’ Organic Agriculture Protection Fund committee (OAPF) concludes in a report called GM Contamination in Canada: The failure to contain living modified organisms – incidents and impacts. Why it matters: GMOs found where

What’s CBAN’s stand on GM?

Its website claims there’s no scientific proof GM is safe. Health Canada begs to differ

If the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) isn’t anti-GMO, it’s certainly not an advocate of the technology. “There is no scientific basis to conclude that GM foods are safe,” CBAN’s website says. “Research continues to raise serious questions about potential health hazards and more study is needed. The risks from eating GM foods have not


Editorial: Unknown origin

“Life, uh… finds a way.” Those words, uttered by actor Jeff Goldblum in the 1993 science fiction blockbuster “Jurassic Park,” leapt to mind last week with word that a genetically modified wheat had been found along a field access road in southern Alberta. Goldblum’s character was blue-skying about exactly how a cohort of all-female dinosaurs

The CFIA announced on June 14 that seven genetically modified wheat plants had been found earlier this year.

GM wheat in Alberta raises questions

CFIA stresses what’s most important is Canada’s commercial wheat and seed system are GM-free

Regulators are scratching their heads after seven genetically modified wheat plants were found in Alberta. No country, including Canada, allows genetically modified (GM) wheat to be produced commercially, so the discovery raises questions, including some the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) can’t answer, like how it got there and the variety of wheat involved. However,

Selling environmental benefits

New data management tools could help position Canadian agriculture 
as a sustainable supplier in the global marketplace

As momentum behind the tools and concepts of precision agriculture continues to grow, one of the most exciting — but least talked about — opportunities is their ability to improve farming’s environmental footprint. That’s a shame, because that’s one attribute of this latest revolution in agriculture that is most likely to resonate with an increasingly


Princess Anne says she’d plant GMO crops on her own land if she were legally allowed to.

U.K. royals’ sibling rivalry on GMOs?

Princess Anne made the approving comments about GMO crops during a BBC radio interview

Britain’s Princess Anne may have sparked some royal sibling rivalry after saying genetically modified crops had real benefits to offer, putting her at odds with her older brother Charles who says they would be an environmental disaster. In an interview with BBC radio, Anne said she would grow GMO crops on her farming estates, adding

Monsanto is dead. Now what?

The lightning rod for resentment won’t be there to kick around anymore

It seems Monsanto is finally out of its misery. Arguably the most detested company in the world, it will likely cease to exist with Bayer’s acquisition. Monsanto’s own attempt to acquire Swiss-based Syngenta not only failed, but also was received with extreme prejudice. But now with Bayer’s acquisition of the St. Louis-based company, Monsanto, or

Quebec MP Pierre Dusseault is calling for mandatory labelling of GM content in food products.

NDP MP introduces GMO labelling bill

MP Pierre Dusseault says Canadians deserve to be able to make informed choices about what they’re eating

GMO labelling may be back on the parliamentary menu if Quebec NDP MP Pierre Dusseault can convince colleagues to support his private member’s bill. It won’t be debated until next fall at the earliest — if at all — but he will get to test his arguments when the Commons agriculture committee begins a study


Canada to regulate CRISPR technology

The new gene editing tool may not produce GMO products, but they will be considered 'novel'

UPDATED, June 24, 2016: Plants modified using the controversial gene editing technology known as CRISPR/Cas-9 won’t be sailing past regulatory scrutiny to the marketplace in Canada as they currently do in the U.S. While the U.S. regulatory system has determined plants developed using CRISPR are not GMOs and therefore do not fall under the regulatory

Monsanto will not commercialize its new Xtend soybeans in Canada this spring unless the European Union approves it, says company spokeswoman Trish Jordan. However, seed will be available for trials and seed propagation, she added.

Canadian grain companies wary of unapproved GM crops

Top U.S. grain companies have taken a hard line and are refusing genetically modified crops that haven’t been approved in major markets, while Canada’s grain industry remains more flexible. So far the Canadian companies are approaching the issue on a case-by-case basis, but that could change, according to Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western