Policies

E-07

Mandatory Labelling of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and Foods

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Québec)

WHEREAS the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety of 2003, signed by Canada, enshrines a "precautionary approach" regarding the transboundary movement of GMOs;

WHEREAS the protocol takes into account possible risks of genetically modified foods to human health, also negative effects on biodiversity;

WHEREAS few independent studies have been carried out monitoring long term, cumulative risks of GMO consumption and use; the burden of proof showing there are no adverse health effects is upon those who are modifying the genetic material, but also on independent research;

WHEREAS in Canada, GMO foods remain unidentified while, per environmentalist David Suzuki, "The safety of GMO foods is unproven and a growing body of research connects these foods with health concerns and environmental damage. Most developed nations have policies requiring mandatory labelling of GMO foods; some have issued bans on GMO food production and imports";

WHEREAS Bill C-287, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act, introduced in September 2002, supports mandatory identification of GMO foods and for 20 years, over 80% of Canadians support labelling;

WHEREAS despite lack of clear conclusive proof that long term use of genetically engineered products are safe, there are no Canadian guidelines for mandatory identification which would allow freedom of choice to consumers;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada incite the Government of Canada to implement recommendations made in Private Member’s Bill C-287, an act to amend the Food and Drugs Act, thus making identification of genetically modified foods mandatory.