Action Tool Kit: Stop the government from allowing corporate self-regulation

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Stop the ministers from removing government safety assessments for GMOs. Take action with us in the ongoing campaign. Check our new tool kit to choose your next action.

This action kit is inspired by CBAN’s public meeting on regulation where almost 100 people joined the discussion about what’s happening and how to stop these changes that will remove public regulation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Stay tuned for more strategic actions.

Health Canada recently announced that it will allow companies to sell some new gene-edited foods without any government safety checks. Companies can also now sell these GM foods without telling the government about them. These regulatory exemptions apply to foods from gene-edited plants that have no foreign DNA. This is a decision to allow corporate self-regulation.

We can stop these changes:

– Health Canada says it will now also propose amendments to the regulations themselves to formalize the recent changes to regulatory guidance. The Minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos, must reverse Health Canada’s new regulatory guidance and make sure that any changes to the Novel Food Regulations strengthen government oversight for all GMOs, not remove government regulation of future gene-edited GMOs.

– The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, needs to reject similar proposals from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) that would let companies do their own environmental assessments for some gene-edited seeds and leave farmers dependent on companies to find out if their seeds are gene-edited.

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