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New Canadian consumer Poll : 88% want labelling of GMOs

CBAN Press Release: New Poll Shows Canadians are Highly Concerned About GM Foods and Want Mandatory Labelling

September 29, 2015. Ottawa, ON. A national Ipsos Reid poll commissioned by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) reveals 88 per cent of Canadians want genetically modified (GM) foods labeled on grocery store shelves. Of the over 1000 Canadians polled, over half oppose genetically modifying crops and animals to produce food.

“Our poll shows that Canadians have a range of concerns about genetically modified foods,” said Lucy Sharratt of CBAN. “The vast majority of Canadians who want labelling just want to know what’s in the food they’re eating. Canadians are also concerned about safety, the environmental impacts and some have ethical concerns about genetically modifying plants and animals.”

The new poll comes as the world’s first GM food animal – a GM Atlantic salmon – is pending approval from Health Canada.

“45 per cent of Canadians polled said they definitely don’t want to eat the GM fish, but without labelling how can they make this choice?” asked Thibault Rehn of Vigilance OGM.

Health Canada does not test the safety of any GM foods, but relies on data from companies that want to sell GM products to Canadians. Most data from these studies is not available to the public. 

“Poll results revealed six in ten Canadians are not confident in government safety and the regulatory systems for GM foods. This is an election year and Canadians are asking for more research and greater transparency from the government,” says Sharratt.

Visit CBAN.ca /consumer poll 2015

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