PEI approves world’s first GM fish factory
(PEI is Prince Edward Island, a small Maritime province in Canada.)
The government of PEI has given the company Aquabounty permission to build the world’s first factory to grow genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered) fish.
In 2016, Aquabounty told Islanders that it would not be producing GM salmon in PEI. One year later, in April 2017, it asked the provincial government to approve construction of the world’s first GM fish factory at its new facility in Rollo Bay, PEI. Aquabounty now says it plans to grow 250 metric tons of GM Atlantic salmon in PEI every year.
Experts originally conducted a risk assessment for Aquabounty’s proposal to manufacture GM salmon eggs in Canada, not GM fish. The risk of GM salmon escaping into the wild is serious, and could threaten wild Atlantic salmon, which are already in danger of disappearing.
Visit www.cban.ca/fish for more information, updates and action.
Farmers take action on GM alfalfa
Farm organizations have once again written to the Minister of Agriculture to repeat their joint call for the federal government to cancel variety registration for all GM alfalfa until a full economic impact assessment is conducted. “Because we grow, process and sell alfalfa, we understand the risks and the unacceptable consequences of GM contamination. If this issue remains unaddressed by the Minister, we will all pay the price,” said Peter Eggers, an alfalfa producer in Alberta.
The letter asks the Minister to:
Visit cban.ca/alfalfa for more information.
We rely on your support.
Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator
Phone: 613 241 2267 ext. 25
The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) brings together 15 organizations to research, monitor and raise awareness about issues relating to genetic engineering in food and farming. CBAN members include farmer associations, environmental and social justice organizations, and regional coalitions of grassroots groups. CBAN is a project on Tides Canada’s shared platform.
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)
Suite 206, 180 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2P 1P5
Phone: 613 241 2267 ext 25 www.cban.ca
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