Better regulations are needed to prevent contamination from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), say the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) and Agriculture Protection Fund, which is part of SaskOrganics.
They compiled and released a report of GMO escapes since 1996.
“(T)he many cases of (GMO) escape described in this report show that the government needs to regulate segregation and containment measures for some GMOs and that the only way to prevent contamination from certain GMOs is to stop their release,” says the report.
“Some GMOs are too prone to escape and others have impacts that are too serious if escape occurs.”
The report says the GM escapes have cost farmers millions of dollars.
“Farmers are the first to pay the price,” Marla Carlson of SaskOrganics said in a news release. “We encourage the federal government to take action to prevent GM contamination to protect farmers’ livelihoods and Canada’s economy.”
The report says GM canola is so widespread in Canada organic farmers can’t grow non-GM canola.
GM flax contamination temporarily shut down export markets and prices remain low because Canada hasn’t regained higher-priced flax markets.
The discovery of a few GM wheat plants temporarily shut two export markets to Canadian wheat.
Now GM alfalfa, the first perennial GM crop in Canada, threatens all Canadian organic farms