Monday, September 19, 2011
No Market for Genetically Modified Wheat, CWB Says
By Stefania Moretti
September 19, 2011
Canadians needn’t worry about genetically modified bread winding up on their kitchen table any time soon despite the global push to start experimenting with genetically altered wheat to feed the world’s growing population.
Canadian wheat farmers aren’t pushing for GM wheat because there simple is no market for it, the marketing group in charge of one Canada’s top exports said just days after the British government approved trials on GM wheat starting next year.
From a competitive standpoint, the Canadian Wheat Board isn’t too concerned about the U.K.’s decision to test pest-resistant wheat either, said Maureen Fitzhenry, a spokesperson for the CWB.
That’s because the competitive advantage comes from selling what buyers want, she said. And in today’s market, that’s non-genetically modified wheat.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Scientists reject human trials of GM wheat
Sydney Morning Herald
June 27, 2011
A group of prominent scientists and researchers from around the world has urged Australia not to go ahead with human trials of genetically modified (GM) wheat.
The CSIRO is carrying out a study of feeding GM wheat grown in the ACT to rats and pigs and could extend the trial to humans.
The modified wheat has been altered to lower its glycaemic index in an attempt to see if the grain could have health benefits such as improving blood glucose control and lowering cholesterol levels.
But eight scientists and academics from Britain, the US, India, Argentina and Australia believe not enough studies have been done on the effects of GM wheat on animals to warrant human trials.
The CSIRO has dismissed their concerns, insisting no decision has been made on if or when human trials will begin.
In a letter to the CSIRO’s chief executive Megan Clark, the scientists expressed their “unequivocal denunciation” of the experiments.
“The use of human subjects for these GM feeding experiments is completely unacceptable,” the letter said.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Canada’s National Research Council Disavows GM Wheat
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)
April 7, 2011
Yesterday, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) issued a statement to clarify that it has no plans to research genetically modified (GM) wheat.
NRC now states, “GM wheat is not an objective of the NRC wheat program. We will be developing a number of tools that will be used to reduce the breeding cycle, increase yield and adapt to climate stresses. GM varieties are not contemplated at this time.” The statement was issued in response to media stories of April 3 that reported on a leaked memo from the government research agency.
“NRC has finally recognized what everyone but Monsanto understands: that GM wheat is unacceptable to farmers and consumers,” said Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network.