Category Archives: GMO’s

USA Approves Bayer-Monsanto Mega-Merger Canada could be next

April 10, 2018. On Monday April 9, the Wall Street Journal reported that the United States Department of Justice has agreed to allow a merger between seed and pesticide companies Bayer and Monsanto, creating the largest seed and pesticide company in the world. A US approval means that Canada could also soon permit the merger.

The US Department of Justice has not yet officially announced the deal, along with any conditions for the approval. Europe allowed the merger on the condition that Bayer sell some of its seeds, pesticides and digital farming investments to remove overlaps with Monsanto.

A decision from Canada’s Competition Bureau is also required but no timeline has been provided. The proposed merger requires regulatory approval from anti-trust agencies across the world.

“A US decision brings a Canadian announcement closer,” said Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN). “Canada is on the verge of making a decision that will affect farmers and consumers for many decades. It will shape the future of food and farming in Canada and across the world.”

The new merged company could control around 30 percent of the world’s commercial seed market and 25 percent of agricultural pesticides.

“A merger of this size creates an unprecedented level of corporate control over seeds and pesticides,” said Sharratt.

CBAN is calling on The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development to stop the merger.

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Government reaping royalties from GM Atlantic salmon

Common Ground – March 30, 2018

The Canadian government is receiving 10% royalties from sales of the world’s first genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) animal, a GM Atlantic salmon.

“We’re concerned that the government is responsible for regulating this GM fish and also has a stake in its success,” said Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN).

The royalties are part of a 2009 $2.8 million-dollar grant agreement between the company AquaBounty and the federal government Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. The royalties will be paid to the Government of Canada until the grant amount is paid back. If the GM salmon is not a commercial success, there is no requirement for the company to repay the government funds.

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Video: Dr. SENEFF Lecture and Expert Panel Discussion on the effects of Glyphosate in our Food – March 27th, 2018

Dr. Stephanie Seneff Lecture on glyphosate, sulfate deficiency & degenerative diseases. Followed by an Expert Panel Discussion, Q&A: Sachin Patel, Jodi Koberinski and Brett Hawes. Hosted by Melody Byblow,
Presented March 27th, 2018 in Toronto, Canada  holisticwellnessadvantage.ca

Video Production sponsored by the Canadian Council on Food Safety and Health – CCFSH.org

1 hour lecture with slides and 50 min of panel discussion and Q & A

Video link: Dr. Stephanie Seneff Lecture and Expert Panel Discussion, Q&A

Slide show link: http://people.csail.mit.edu/seneff/2018/Toronto.pptx

Documentary: Modified (2017) – (87 min) Why are GMO foods not labeled in North America?

‘Modified’ is a first-person feature documentary that questions why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in the United States and Canada, despite being labeled in 64 countries around the world. Shot over a span of ten years, the film follows the ongoing struggle to label GMOs, exposing the cozy relationship between the biotech industry and governments. The film is anchored in the intimate story of the filmmaker’s relationship to her mom, a prolific gardener, seed saver, and food activist who battled cancer while the film production was underway. Interweaving the personal and the political, the film uses family archives, animations, and mouth-watering vignettes from the filmmaker’s award-winning PBS cooking show to create a moving account of family legacy, grassroots activism, and the journey for a more sustainable and transparent food system.

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Dr. Stephanie Seneff Lecture: Glyphosate, Sulfate Deficiency & Degenerative Diseases

We are so excited to share this with you! Friends of the late John Balatinecz and Dr. Shiv Chopra have collaborated to bring Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist, MIT Computer Science and AI Laboratory to Toronto, ON, Canada once again for a special lecture. This event is to honor their memory and mission to help educate the public on the many health risks from dangerous toxins in our environment and in our food from the use of RoundUp.

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Since you attended Dr. Seneff’s last lecture on April 28, 2016 we thought you would be interested in the opportunity to see her again and be one of the first to hear about her latest research and insights on this controversial subject. You will learn about a mineral deficiency (that no one talks about yet) that appears to be a result of these toxins which affect some very important functions in our body, how we function (or struggle) daily and disease development. Read more about the subject of Dr. Seneff’s talk here.

NEW EXPERT PANEL DISCUSSION:

New this year to the event is an expert panel discussion with some alternative health and environmental experts. What questions will you have? How can we get changes in regulation to happen? See the Event page for all the details and who is on our expert panel. You have to be there to participate in this discussion!

There is no charge for tickets once again, thanks to our amazing sponsors (see below) who are supporting this initiative and some attendees who have kindly sent us donations. This is a “pay what you can” event, and cash donations may be made at the door.

This year, our event will be at Glenview Presbyterian Church, just south of Yonge & Lawrence. To reserve your ticket to the live event in Toronto, sign up on the Eventbrite link at the bottom of the event web page here. (Map and directions on Eventbrite.) Save your seat now!!

We are excited to see you at this very important lecture on March 27! Doors open at 10:30 am, lecture will begin at 11:00 am! Come early and meet our sponsors who will have important information and opportunities for you.

Please share this information with friends, family, your colleagues and patients! Everyone you care about needs to hear this.

NEW VIEWER OPPORTUNITY ONLINE:

For your friends who are not in Toronto and fortunate enough to attend in person, we will have a LIVE online streaming available via Zoom. A registration link for this is on the Event page near the bottom. Be sure they register in advance for their Zoom link! A replay will be available after the lecture for a limited time. Facebook live is also part of the plan, but to be sure to find it please register for Zoom.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me with a reply to this email.

Genetically modified rice from China approved by the FDA — without independent testing

The debate raging around the genetic modification of food crops is likely to heat up even more now that the Food and Drug Administration h

as declared a new GM rice known as Huahui 1 to be safe, despite performing none of its own independent tests. The rice was developed by a research team from Huazhong University in China, and has been engineered to be more resistant to pests like the rice stem borer.

The Chinese government has thrown billions of dollars at the development of GMOs, but the unpopularity of such crops with consumers in China has prevented their large-scale agricultural production in that country. Waking Times recently reported that massive demand for organic produce in China has caused food shortages because of the country’s issues with pollution, and has led to the production of “fake organics.”

Unfortunately, a lack of demand at home has also led to a flood of questionable Chinese products flowing into other countries, including the United States.