3 Countries Align With Stern Warning On GMO Risks

Are GMOs safe? That question is mired in controversy, particularly in the U.S. where biotech companies do their best to suppress labeling laws. But at the recent GMO-FREE EUROPE Conference 2015 held in Berlin earlier this month, three countries came together to issue a stern warning over GMO risks.

Canada, Australia and Japan came to the GMO-FREE EUROPE Conference with their warning, reports Natural Society.

Delivered by Jessica Harrison, Coordinator of the GM-Free Australia Alliance (GMFAA):

“Learn the lessons from our countries – GMO is not worth the risk. If it’s allowed, you will have GMO contamination of non-GM crops and nearby land for many years to come. GM canola was first grown commercially in 2008 in Australia. We find GM canola weeds on roadsides, truck spillages have dispersed GM seeds, and GM pollen has contaminated honey. GM-free Tasmania is still eradicating weeds from GM crops´ trials in the late 90s.”

Read: 6 Surprising Facts About GMOs

Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network:

“Organic grain farmers in Canada have largely stopped growing canola because of GM contamination. For most farmers, it is no longer possible to grow, sell and export organic canola.”

Michiyo Koketsu from the NO! GMO Campaign in Japan:

“We do not grow any GM crops in our country. Unfortunately GM canola is imported and crushed here. GM weeds grown from spilt seeds are flourishing and out-crossing with plant relatives such as native rapeseed, mustard and broccoli. An ad hoc response from the Japanese authorities meant that citizens groups, at their own cost, tested and removed GM weeds to guard against further contamination.”

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Scientists and health experts are divided on the risks over GMOs and the exposure to the pesticides and herbicides many of the crops rely on. But one area where more than 60 countries around the world align is in transparency, allowing for GMO labeling and in some cases, bans and restrictions. The U.S. however, has no federal GMO labeling bill in place and Vermont, which recently passed its own mandatory GMO labeling bill in the state, is facing legal action brought about by the GMO industry in an effort to suppress the labeling bill. 

[Editor's Note: If you want to learn more about GMOs and how to avoid them, click here to sign up for Naturally Savvy’s Non-GMO Get Healthy Challenge.]

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By Jill Ettinger| May 14, 2015
Categories:  Eat

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Jill Ettinger

Jill Ettinger

Jill Ettinger is a freelance journalist and marketing specialist primarily focused on the organic and natural industries, she bridges her love for changing the food system with her lifelong passion for writing and connecting people in their shared values. You can connect with Jill on Twitter and Instagram.

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