There are some things that we need as certainties in our lives; things that we depend on our governments to oversee and secure to be safe. One of those things is our food supply. There was a time when Canadians would say “The Government will take care of the problem”, but this information should make Canadian consumers to take pause, become informed and then finally make demands of our governments to do the things that will keep the public healthy. Our governmental gatekeepers have let the Canadian consumer down; you and me, the people putting food in our mouths. Our food supply simply isn’t safe, either by government money cutbacks, or in the case of GMO‘s our governments have looked away as a food-bully company, Monsanto, has been allowed to run roughshod over governments and consumers alike.
The first item takes us back to the XL E. coli disaster. Food inspectors had 2 standards of food inspection – one for the North American market and one for the more stringent Japanese meat market. A scanned copy of the memo is at the bottom of the article.
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The second item shows the possible result of Canadians allowing the Government to watch over big food companies and be informed of issues themselves. The Canadian Federal Governments, whether the Liberals before or the Harper Government now allows Monsanto to push thier GMO foods onto the market, without proper testing, and they continue to refuse to at least force GMO foods to be labeled so Canadians can decide for themselves if they want to be part of Monsanto’s experiment on human health.
A note: “in the United States and Canada, 86% of the US maize crop was genetically modified in 2010″. Source: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_food
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As a second source of of this GMO story, Russia has stopped GMO products from going to Russia. Imagine that, Russia has got it right while North Americans continue to put GMO food into our mouths at almost every meal.
As with anything, we Canadians have allowed our Governments to manage the security of our foods, and our Governments, whether that be Liberals or Conservatives, have continued to defaulted to take care of the Multinational Corporations’ bottom-line. Until Canadians begin to hold our Governments accountable for their actions our Governments will increasingly side with the Multinational agenda.
Here is another side of GMO feedstock happening in the US. It also involves GMO corn. It may be a sign of problems that might appear with humans, sterility. In fairness, and being moderate, humans do not eat exclusively corn, we should eat a balance of good foods, however, this is to indicate that there may arise problems insomuch as we do eat corn in a variety of products (read the ingredients of the many prepared foods you do eat) so corn is as part of your diet might have other effects that we are not aware of.
Perhaps it will have no more effect than on those who are already at risk of sterility, but this should be our choice to choose what food we wish to consume and the fact that our Government has not seen fit to force the labelling of GMO foods leaves the consumers blind to what they eat and unable to make informed food and health decisions.