Union Farmer Newsletter: September – October 2021
In this issue: Precision, power and precaution: gene editing How – or whether – Canada regulates gene editing has far-reaching implications Proposed MRL increase for glyphosate leads to pause, planned consultations Read more
NFU Submission to CFIA on Gene Editing Regulatory Guidance
Submission to CFIA on guidance for determining whether a plant is subject to Part V of the Seeds Regulations The NFU is a voluntary direct-membership, non-partisan, national farm organization made up of thousands of farm families from across Canada who produce a wide variety of food products, including grains, livestock, fruits and vegetables. Founded in Read more
CFIA gene editing regulatory proposal not science-based or transparent
Canada is deciding how to regulate gene-edited plants – and is largely proposing not to. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for regulating genetically engineered (genetically modified or GM) plants for environmental safety under the Seeds Act Regulations - Part V. These regulations define what is considered a “Plant with Novel Traits” (PNTs) and how PNTs are regulated. The CFIA is proposing a new interpretation that would exempt many gene edited plants right away, and more in the future. The proposed regulatory guidance turns its back on science, allows biotech companies to determine safety, and leaves farmers, future regulators and the public in the dark. Read more
Commentary on CFIA proposal for regulating gene-edited plants
The CFIA’s proposed guidance would allow plant developers (biotechnology companies) to decide for themselves whether their product meets the CFIA’s criteria for regulation as a PNT. It proposes to exempt from regulation genetically engineered plants that do not contain foreign DNA if they are not expected to result in any of four environmental impacts the CFIA lists. In addition, the proposed criteria would exempt some genetically engineered plants that have a trait previously approved by the CFIA, even if the approved trait was in another plant species or developed using different technology. Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: June – July 2021
In this issue NFU Priorities for the Next Policy Framework NFU comments to Health Canada on regulating gene-edited products – By Cathy Holtslander Maintaining public trust in food system requires public regulation – By Lucy Sharratt Greyhound’s exit paves the way for a national public transit system, says NFU Should Canada trade away Supply Management? Read more
Submission to Health Canada on proposed new guidance for Novel Food Regulations
All gene-edited products should be regulated as novel and therefore subject to government safety assessment and pre-market notification. This would ensure Health Canada maintains its ability to regulate foods derived from gene-edited plants in the public interest. It would ensure farmers have access to the information they need to make informed choices about the seed they purchase and crops they grow. Read more
Action: Health Canada Public Consultation on Gene-edited Plants
Demand mandatory disclosure and safety assessments for all gene-edited plants! Take action by sending an email to Health Canada. Read more
Union Farmer Quarterly: Fall 2020
In this issue … Part 1 Messages from the Editorial Committee, NFU President Katie Ward (bilingual), Women’s President Coral Sproule and Regional Reports Articles: Part 2 National Convention information The winds of change are blowing harder: COVID-19 update on peasants, rural workers and other marginalized groups Is Gene Editing the End of GMOs?  —by Lucy Sharratt Read more
Union Farmer Quarterly: Winter 2020
Winter 2020
In this issue: Messages from the Editorial Advisory Committee, President Katie Ward, Youth President Stuart Oke; Regional Coordinators Articles: Introducing Mara Shaw, NFU Executive Director. On the Frontline of the Climate Emergency and in Creating a New Future – The 50th Convention also saw the release of the NFU’s provocative and thought-provoking discussion paper and Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: October – November 2019
Inside this issue … Seed Synergy update: Seed industry groups are preparing to consolidate power in one big organization —  Five of the six Seed Synergy groups are trying to merge into one big group as part of their push to get control of Canada’s seed regulatory system. GM Herbicide-Tolerant Crop Concerns — Bayer is Read more
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