(#CANADA) The Liberals on the Standing Committee on Agriculture oppose mandatory labelling of GMOs

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(I just received the following letter in my email box. It looks to me as though #CANADA’s currant government is on the side of #MONSANTO, and our #LIBERAL government is failing us!



The Liberals on the Standing Committee on Agriculture oppose mandatory labelling of GMOs

On December 12th evening in the House of Commons, the Chair of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food tabled the Committee’s report on genetically modified animals for human consumption. While the NDP agrees with most of the report, it had no other choice but to write a supplementary report (see the end of the Committee’s report) that presents a true picture of what witnesses said about the labelling of genetically modified foods.

The Liberals have revealed their position on the mandatory labelling of GMOs

In the report, the Committee members recommend that the government maintain the labelling system as it is now, even though several witnesses recommended that the government bring in mandatory labelling of GMOs.

This recommendation by witnesses was based on the fact that consumers want this information on labels. According to a Health Canada study, nearly 80% of consumers want mandatory labelling of GM foods, and they believe that voluntary labelling is unlikely. Mandatory labelling of GMOs is currently the law in 64 countries, including Australia and New Zealand, the European Union and the U.S. state of Vermont.

By recommending that the government maintain the status quo on GMO labelling, the Liberals on the Committee have revealed their position on Bill C-291, introduced by Pierre-Luc Dusseault, New Democrat MP for Sherbrooke, which calls on the government to require mandatory labelling of GMOs.

In my supplementary report, I made sure to present the positions of the various witnesses on this important issue. Like all New Democrats, I am not shy about the fact that I believe GMO labelling should be mandatory because consumers have the right to know what is on their plates. Regardless of the many questions about the use of GMOs, consumers simply have the right to decide for themselves. This is especially true when it comes to genetically modified salmon. For instance, a consumer who wants to support an outfitter that does not use GM salmon will not be able to tell by reading the label whether or not it is genetically modified.

Now that we know the position of certain Liberals on this issue, we need to step up the pressure if we hope to see Pierre-Luc Dusseault’s bill pass.

If you want to help us make a difference, there are several things you can do:
Forward this email to friends and family;
Sign and share my petition: https://www.ndp.ca/labelgmofoods
Write or call your MP and ask them to support Bill C-291 and cc ruthellen.brosseau.a2@parl.gc.ca.
Fill out the Canadian Food Inspection Agency questionnaire on modernizing the food labelling system by encouraging the CFIA to require labelling of GMOs: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/labelling/labelling-modernization-initiative/consultations/engaging-on-key-proposals/eng/1476446324873/1476446325466
I promise that we will keep fighting for you.

If you wish to read the Committee’s report, it is available at http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Mode=1&Parl=42&Ses=1&DocId=8674228&Language=E

The NDP’s supplementary report can be found at the end of the Committee’s report.

Yours in solidarity,
(Ruth Ellen Brosseau)