Report criticises Canadian government attitude towards GM foods

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Related tags: Genetic engineering, Genetically modified food

The Canadian government is not sufficiently protecting its people
from the risks of genetically modifiedfoods, says a highly critical
scientific report...

The Canadian government is not sufficiently protecting its people from the risks of genetically modifiedfoods, says a highly critical scientific report released on Monday by the Royal Society of Canada. br> The report, commissioned by the federal government, condemns the basic approach of federal regulation of biotech agricultural products as ``scientifically unjustifiable.'' It maintains that this approach contradicts the government's promise to be cautious when adopting new technologies. The report also attacked the close relationship, often secretive, between government regulators and the biotech industry. It urged the government to carry out urgent research to determine whether genetically modified foods were safe in their entirely, rather than just looking at individual components. Up to the present day the government, the report claims, has no proven way to ascertain this. Among the 50 odd recommendations by the expert report was the instigation of independent, outside science auditors to double-check every step of federal regulation and more openness throughout the process, with companies no longer allowed to hide documents behind claims of commercial confidentiality. Canada is the third-largest producer of genetically modified crops in the world and the federal government has approved more than 40 varieties of corn, potatoes, tomatoes, squash and other plants.

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