Mississauga: News & Events
Pictures from the March Against Bayer/Monsanto, Toronto 2019.
Carolyn May Steiss (CSNN Mississauga’s Branch Manager), Jodi Koberinski (Activist) and Rachel Parent (Founder of Kids Right to Know) were some of the attendees for the march.
Share the new consumer education pamphlet.
Do you want to share information in your community? Are you a farmer with a market stand or CSA? Are you an engaged community member who organizes or participates in local events?
Distribute our new pamphlet “Why Your Food Choices Matter“ at local events, health food stores, farmers’ markets and in your CSA boxes.
Step 1: See the pamphlet at www.cban.ca/whyyourfoodchoicesmatter.
Step 2: Order online at www.cban.ca/orderpamphlets.
Step 3: If you can, donate to help cover printing, handling and postage costs at www.cban.ca/donate.
What can we do? The pamphlet lists some important food choices that can support a healthy environment and support farmers who are growing food for a better future.
The pamphlet introduces organic farming and the importance of buying locally from independent businesses where possible. It briefly explains genetic engineering and provides the list of genetically engineered (genetically modified or GM) foods in Canada. It describes a little about how our global food system contributes to the climate crisis, corporate control, and the use of toxic chemicals – and encourages us to learn about why what we buy, and where we buy it from, matters.
Food is at the heart of ways we can make positive change. All of us need more information about the actions we can take to make a difference.
Copies are available free of charge but your donations are gratefully accepted. Your donation will help cover the cost of producing the pamphlet, and getting it to people across the country.
Thank you for sharing information in your community.
GM Golden Rice approved as safe in the Philippines but efficacy not evaluated
The Government of the Philippines has approved the genetically engineered “Golden Rice” as safe to eat, though its ability to provide Vitamin A as promised has not yet been evaluated.
The rice’s ability to provide sufficient beta-carotene and address Vitamin A deficiency remains unevaluated, and it is not yet approved for growing in any country. If the other necessary approvals follow, Golden Rice could become the first-ever GM rice grown in the world.
Golden Rice is the name of a rice that has been genetically engineered to produce beta carotene, which the body can convert into vitamin A. It is being developed by the International Rice Research Institute which, in announcing the approval in the Philippines, said “the beta-carotene content of Golden Rice aims to provide 30 to 50 percent of the estimated average requirement (EAR) of vitamin A for pregnant women and young children.” This delivery of beta-carotene is still a goal rather than a demonstrated reality.
Canada, the US and Australia and New Zealand have also approved the GM rice as safe to eat, but the Philippines is the first country to do so where the GM rice will actually be distributed for consumption.
No regulatory authority has assessed the ability of Golden Rice to provide adequate beta-carotene or address Vitamin A deficiency yet.
“Up to now, proponents have failed to address concerns on the Golden Rice’s negligible beta-carotene content, its fast degradation and the possible toxicity associated with the beta-carotene degradation,” said Cris Panerio, National Coordinator of MASIPAG, a farmers network in the Philippines which is part of a pan-Asian network of more than 30 groups called the Stop Golden Rice! Network. Read the full statement, “Farmers and Civil Society Organisations across Asia denounce Philippines’ decision to approve direct use of Golden Rice.”
Last month, the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) released a report that found Golden Rice has low and variable levels of beta-carotene, the beta-carotene degrades significantly during storage and cooking, and has not been adequately tested for bioavailability. “The decision in the Philippines is a safety approval for a product that is not yet demonstrated to work as promised,” said Taarini Chopra of CBAN, “This approval sounds like a step forward for Golden Rice but it doesn’t make the product any more effective.”
Other measures to address vitamin-A deficiency are already available, such as delivering vitamin A supplements. Furthermore, there are many existing local crop plants that are high in beta-carotene. Vitamin A deficiency is a symptom of hunger and malnutrition, caused by poverty and inequality. The real solution therefore lies in food soveriegnty approaches that give people access to diverse diets with vitamin-A rich foods, and the means to grow them.
To read the report and its summary, and to get updates visit www.cban.ca/goldenrice