On Dec 5, 2013 Grand Forks was the latest stop in the Cross Canada Speakers Tour of Dr. Thierry Vrain and Dr. Shiv Chopra.
They’re on the road informing the public about the science, controversies and politics around and behind Genetically Engineered / Genetically Modified Organisms.
Dr. Chopra gives a brief history of the evolution of laws in Canada about Food followed by his experiences on how it went awry.
On Dec 6 I sat with Gary Smith.
Following the public meeting on GE/GMO Foods yesterday at the Seniors Centre I’ve interviewed the man that was trying to counter the information and presenters.
That man is Gary Smith.
He works in the Integrated Pest Management business and he has things to say about the information promulgated last evening and the whole anti-GE/GMO mindset.
Links related to the content and topics this event is about: (all links open in a new window/tab)
- The website about this speaking tour: http://gefreebc.wordpress.com/gefoodstour/
- Bacillus thuringiensis at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacillus_thuringiensis
- How does Bt work? at UC San Diego : http://www.bt.ucsd.edu/how_bt_work.html
- Now they have moved the genes that produce the Bt toxin from where they lived inside a Bacteria to the genetic code for a variety of Corn (Maize). So the cells of the Corn produce the the same toxic proteins as the Bt bacteria did. Meaning the plant has a pesticide built in. Read about this at Wikipedia: Genetically modified maize
- Collateral damage to non-targeted species has apparently been found – see more in “Lethal Effects of Genetically Modified Bt Toxin Confirmed On Young Ladybird Larvae” at ScienceDaily.com: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120227111158.htm
- Genetically modified food at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_food
- Genetically modified organism at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_organism
- Monsanto: http://www.monsanto.ca/Pages/default.aspx
- Eli Lilly: http://www.lilly.com/Pages/Home.aspx
- The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (cban) page on GE Food: http://www.cban.ca/Resources/Topics/GE-Crops-and-Foods-On-the-Market
* this page updated Dec 11 4:56 PM to include links to external information