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Precautionary Principle

"What the public fears is not the experimental science, but the fundamental irrational decision to let out of the laboratory into the real world before we truly understand it."
Barry Commoner, Cellular Biologist

In 1975 scientists worldwide agreed. For all the good gene manipulation held, left unchecked it had the capability to adversely affect humanity on a very large scale. Their concerns led to the Asilomar Conference, the birthplace of the Precautionary Principle. The central tenet of the Precautionary Principle is first, do no harm. The second is if there is the slightest of suspicion that recombinant technology could harm the public’s health or the environment, the burden of proof falls on those who use the technology to prove different. Well, the accumulating evidence is indicating something is going very wrong, very fast and it could well be related to what we're eating. Genetically engineered biofoods have been linked to a host of serious illnesses, environmental hazards and ecological destruction. Countries worldwide are calling to enact the Precautionary Principle and the appropriate labeling of food before it's too late. But the Goliaths are fighting back.

Climate Change May Create Price Volatility in the Corn Market

A study published April 22 in the journal Nature Climate Change shows for the first time climate change's influence on year-to-year swings in corn prices.

Researchers from Stanford and Purdue universities found that climate change's impact on corn price volatility could far outweigh the volatility caused by changing oil prices or government energy policies mandating biofuels production from corn and other crops.

The Global Ocean Crisis

According to a recent report released by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) our global ocean is on the brink of catastrophe. If you're reading this and thinking that's really too bad but it doesn't affect me just stop a moment and take a breath. That breath just came from the sea.

Global Warming

Stephen Thomson’s soul-chilling footage of extreme weather events we have witnessed of late, combined with Bill McKibben’s powerful op-ed piece from the Washington Post last month dramatically illustrates the time for debate is over. Global warming is not something that will affect us in the distant future. It’s here, it’s now, and it’s at our front door. And our food supply is taking a direct hit.


"The lack of transparency in the current approval process, leading as it does to an inability to evaluate the scientific rigour of the assessment process, seriously compromises the confidence that society can place in the current regulatory framework used to assess potential risks to human, animal and environmental safety posed by GMOs."
Royal Society of Canada's Experts panel on the Future of Food

On The Wind

"With the introduction of primitive irreversible genetic techniques in a dangerous combination with a product and profit orientated mind-set forced on society by a powerful political-industrial complex, humanity faces an uncertain future."
Arpad Pusztai, Ph.D., FRSE, Biochemist and Nutritionist

Nitrogen Overdose

"Altogether, human activities currently contribute twice as much terrestrial nitrogen fixation as natural sources…"
Paul Falkowski, Researcher, Rutgers University

Colony Collapse Disorder

"..the decline in pollinator populations is one form of global change that actually has credible potential to alter the shape and structure of terrestrial ecosystems."
Committee Chair, May R. Berenbaum, Entomology Dept, University of Illinois

The Black Swan

"I am compelled to fear that science will be used to promote the power of dominant groups rather than to make men happy."
Bertrand Russell, Icarus, the Future of Science, 1925

The term black swan originated from an old belief that all swans were white. In that context, a black swan became a metaphor for something that could not exist. But when black swans were discovered in Australia in the 17th century, the saying took on a new meaning. In the case of genetically engineered industrial agriculture, the black swan became a perceived impossibility that actually has come to pass bringing with it a large impact.

Bill C-474

The debate over Bill C474 has demonstrated exactly how the partnership of Canadian politics and agribusiness now work. Bill C474 called for the amendment of the federal Seeds Regulations to require that an “analysis of potential harm to export markets” be conducted before federal permission is granted for the sale of a new GM seed. The private Members Bill C-474 was introduced by Alex Atamanenko, NDP Agriculture Critic and MP for BC Southern Interior in November 2009.

Protecting Canadian Alfalfa

Consumers might well wonder why all the fuss about alfalfa. Well, if you purchase naturally raised meat or organic milk or cheese products or eat sprouts and use herbal remedies to treat your ills, you better pay attention. The Canadian government has once again enabled Monsanto, the arch villain to organic and conventional farmers everywhere, to strike another blow against the organic and natural food market as they continue to wage a war on consumers who prefer to eat natural foods.