Greenpeace ignores weight of scientific evidence on GM food safety

    TORONTO, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - Opinions surrounding the safety of genetically
modified (GM) foods must be based on conclusive scientific facts, not the
results of one study, the trade association representing Canada's plant
science industry said today.
    "Genetically modified foods and the crops from which they are derived are
some of the most extensively studied food products in the world," says Denise
Dewar, Executive Director of Plant Biotechnology for CropLife Canada. "GM
foods have been safely consumed for over a decade."
    Countless studies by international organizations have concluded that
genetically modified crops pose no risk to human health and the environment. A
report from the European Union concludes "the use of more precise technology
and the greater regulatory scrutiny probably make them even safer than
conventional plants and foods."
    The World Health Organization states "no effects on human health have
been shown as a result of the consumption of such foods by the general
population in the countries where they have been approved."
    To ensure that our food is safe and nutritious, Canada has one of the
most rigorous and well-respected regulatory approval processes in the world.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada ensure the safety of our
food. In establishing science-based regulation of these products in Canada,
Health Canada's guidelines reflect recent international standards, which are
based on scientific principles developed over the last 10 years through expert
international consultation with agencies such as the World Health Organization
and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
    "The call for mandatory labelling of GM food would ultimately impose
greater costs to growers, manufacturers and consumers and it is difficult and
expensive to enforce," said Dewar. "In many countries that have adopted the
system, it has failed to provide consumers with choice."
    Canada's agricultural biotechnology sector is an important part of the
country's growing bio-economy, and GM crops allow farmers to grow plants that
are more nutritious, achieve higher crop yields and provide more options to
manage weeds and insects.

    CropLife Canada is the trade association representing the manufacturers,
developers and distributors of plant science innovations - pest control
products and plant biotechnology - for use in agriculture, urban and public
health settings.

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For further information: To set up an interview with Denise Dewar,
please contact: Kristina Fixter, Director, Communications, P: (416) 622-9771,
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