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Say NO to GM/GE Salmon

Is GM Salmon Coming Soon to Your Dinner Table??

Let’s Make GMO Labelling Mandatory.

Source: Savoir OGM

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Canadians unknowingly eating GM salmon | CBAN

Canadians unknowingly eating GM salmon
Ottawa – August 7, 2017 –

AquaBounty revealed on August 4, in its quarterly financial results, that it has sold approximately five tonnes of genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) Atlantic salmon fillets in Canada.(1)

This is the world’s first sale of GM fish for human consumption and has occurred without GM product labelling for Canadian consumers.

“No one except AquaBounty knows where the GM salmon are,” said Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN). “The company did not disclose where the GM salmon fillets were sold or for what purpose, and we’re shocked to discover that they’ve entered the market at this time.

”Without mandatory labeling in Canada, CBAN works to track GM foods to keep Canadians informed.

“The immediate remedy is for grocery stores to commit to keeping GM salmon out,” said Sharratt.  So far, two grocery companies in Canada have published statements online responding to consumer concerns over GM salmon: IGA Quebec states that it only orders non-GM salmon, and Costco’s website states that it does not intend to sell it.(2)

“We clearly need mandatory labelling of all GM foods,” said Thibault Rehn of the Quebec network Vigilance OGM, a member group of CBAN.

There is no federal government tracking of GM products in the market and Members of Parliament voted down a Private Members Bill for mandatory GM food labelling in May.  GM salmon is approved for human consumption in the US and Canada, but there is a import ban in the US until labelling guidelines are published.

“When it comes to GM foods, Canadian consumers are shopping blind,” said Sharratt.

Source: Canadians unknowingly eating GM salmon | CBAN

Have your say! –

A Food Policy for Canada: Consulting with Canadians

Food matters. The decisions we make as individuals and as a country about food have a direct impact on our health, environment, economy, and communities. Working together, we can put more affordable, safe, healthy, food on tables across the country, while protecting the environment.

The Government of Canada is asking Canadians for their views on what should be included in A Food Policy for Canada.

Source: Have your say! –

Three New “Non-Browning” GMO Apples To Hit Store Shelves! Here Is How To Avoid Them

How to Avoid the New GMO Apples

According to the Ag publication from, about 1,000 to 1,200, 40-pound boxes of the new Arctic Golden, GMO apple will be sliced and sold in grocery stores for marketing purposes in the western U.S. this fall.

The company is growing most of its own apples in the Pacific Northwest, on the East Coast, and in Canada. [4] Retailers, food service, and quick-serve restaurants have all expressed interest in using the GMO apples according to the CapitalPress report, which means that people eating out may unwillingly become test subjects.

In order to make sure you’re avoiding the new GMO apples, here’s what you must do:-Buy certified organic or Non-GMO Project Verified whenever possible, or from a trusted local farmer-Do not buy any apples labeled ‘Arctic,’ which may be designated with a sticker or special packaging-Avoid buying any unlabeled or pre-sliced apples, like those found in cafeterias or kids’ meals

Source: Three New “Non-Browning” GMO Apples To Hit Store Shelves! Here Is How To Avoid Them

François Choquette for Drummond « Canada’s NDP

I believe Canadians have the right to choose what they put on their plates. This is why my colleague Pierre-Luc Dusseault, the NDP Member of Parliament for Sherbrooke, has tabled Bill C291.

For the past 10 years, polls have shown that nearly 90% of Canadians support the labelling of genetically modified foods.

Consumers have the right to know.

It’s time to act! Sign the Petition NOW.

Source: François Choquette for Drummond « Canada’s NDP

Tell Nestlé – Label GMOs on the package!

Mars has publicly announced plans to use clear, on package labels for GMOs.

But what about Nestlé? Will they hide behind sham QR codes like Hershey’s – or will they give consumers the right to know what’s in their food?

More than 88% of American consumers want to know if their foods contain GMOs. Nestlé should join Mars and other major food companies and commit to supporting consumers by using clear, on package labels for the presence of GMO ingredients. People have a right to know exactly what they’re buying at the grocery store.

Stand with Just Label It and the Food Revolution Network in signing the petition to tell Nestlé to get on the right side of history and to label GMOs – now!ADD MY NAME

Source: Tell Nestlé – Label GMOs on the package!

Hooray for Costco!!

Costco  replied” that currently  Costco does not sell any  GMO produce in stores in Canada and has no  plans to do so as of now.” Mar14, 2017

GE Free Comox Valley members  presented  letters from CV residents  to local grocers, stating customers preference that GMO  apple, fish and potato must be labelled  on the store shelves.  4 Grocers were each  given the 30 odd letters. Costco replied  the very next day  .

Costco’s support for Non GMO produce is inspiring to other retailers and  will make shopping at Costco a much more pleasant experience knowing their  internal  GMO- Free policy.

Attached is the letter which  you can download and redesign for your local grocers.

We consumers must act  NOW to make our voices heard. This is one way we can support the Bill C 291 which is currently (Mar-Ap 2017) being debated in the House of Commons,the bill calling for Mandatory Labelling of GMO Foods.

Linda Cheu has shared a file with you. To view it, click the link below.
Local Grocers not to sell GE fish apple (1)

Label GM Foods | CBAN

Contact your MP before March 10

Private Members Bill C-291 for mandatory labelling of genetically modified foods will come up for debate in the House of Commons on March 10! Will your Member of Parliament speak in support of the Bill?

The second hour of debate is a few weeks later along with the vote.

Will your MP vote YES to Bill C-291?

Source: Label GM Foods | CBAN

Petition update · Anti-GMO Native Maui Leader Wins in Stunning Upset ·

Take Action for GE/GM Fish Labelling

From: <> on behalf of Lucy Sharratt – CBAN Coordinator <>
Sent: November 2, 2016 5:42 PM

The future of genetically modified (GM) fish looks even more uncertain after aquaculture industry testimony on Parliament Hill in October. A recent court case in Canada has failed to overturn the government’s approval of the GM salmon but your actions are already closing the market to GM fish and you have a new, important opportunity to demand mandatory GM food labelling.

Take Action

1.    New Action! Click here to send your instant letter to demand GM food labelling, before the GM fish comes to market! – to the Chair and Vice-Chairs of the House of Commons Agriculture Committee. For more info: 

2.    Send your letter to the grocery chain Loblaws, to ask company President Galen Weston to keep GM salmon out of their stores Or contact other grocery stores here: For more info on GM fish: 


Judges in Canada have ruled against two environmental groups, in favor of the government and the company AquaBounty in a case that challenged the approval of genetically modified (GM) salmon. This means GM salmon could be produced soon – except consumer action is already closing the market to the GM fish. CBAN is closely tracking developments and you can read our updates from the Federal Court of Appeal and Parliament Hill below.


In a blow to precautionary science, Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal has ruled against two environmental groups that challenged the government’s approval of GM salmon production. The court heard arguments from Ecojustice lawyers in the appeal but the judges decided against Ecology Action Centre (NS) and Living Oceans Society (BC), in favour of the federal government’s decision to approve GM salmon and salmon eggs for commercial production in Canada. You can read statements from the groups here:

GM salmon and GM salmon eggs can now be grown anywhere in Canada, as long as they are grown in a contained facility on land. The government approved the production of the GM salmon and eggs, even though AquaBounty only requested approval to produce GM salmon eggs, and the government approved production of GM salmon or GM salmon eggs anywhere in Canada, even though AquaBounty only asked to produce the GM salmon eggs in PEI. The groups argued that allowing this range of uses at facilities across the country was contrary to the scientific evidence before the Ministers.

The court heard the case on Thursday morning October 18 in Ottawa – at the same time and only doors away, a representative of the plaintiff Ecology Action Centre was testifying about the GM salmon at House of Commons Agriculture Committee hearings! That day, in testimony that surprised many Committee members, Ruth Salmon from the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance stated, “While we do not oppose the approval of genetically modified salmon, our customers in Canada and around the world are not demanding it. We do not need nor do we intend to employ genetically modified salmon technology in Canada.” She also said the Alliance would support the government if it made the decision to establish mandatory GM food labelling. Write to the Agriculture Committee today and demand GM food labelling, before the GM fish comes to market:

The aquaculture industry rejection of the GM salmon reflects the market reality that no one wants to eat it. It also appears to reflect the reality that the GM salmon may not, in fact, grown much faster than the farmed salmon already being grown around the world. (You can click here to read CBAN’s challenge to some of AquaBounty’s statements, submitted to the House of Commons Committee)

The House of Commons Agriculture Committee has finished its hearings on “Genetically Modified Animals for Human Consumption” but you can still have your voice heard. The Committee is currently drafting its report that will be submitted to Parliament by December 8. Send your letter today!

In September and October, CBAN testified at House of Commons Committee hearings on GM animals, submitted a briefing to the Committee, tracked all the Committee hearings, notified Canadians about the hearings with information about how to participate, and we observed court proceedings on the GM fish. Donate to support Canada’s GMO watchdog

Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)
Collaborative Campaigning for Food Sovereignty and Environmental Justice
Suite 206, 180 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2P 1P5
Phone: 613 241 2267 ext. 25