New Study Indicates That Canadian Farmers Are Highly Critical
Of Genetically Modified Wheat, As Controversy Over This Crop Reignites
A new study on Canadian farmer perceptions toward genetically
modified (GM) wheat - specifically Roundup Ready wheat (RRW)- has just been
published in the international peer reviewed journal Environmental Science and
Pollution Research. This scientific paper is being released just as the controversy
over growing GM wheat is re-igniting. Unlike a recent industry-sponsored study
conducted in the US, it shows that Canadian farmers are categorically opposed
"Although GM wheat was initially abandoned in 2004, industry groups and
their partners are now seeking its reintroduction, and our study on Canadian
farmer attitudes toward Roundup Ready wheat is once again very timely",
says Dr. Ian Mauro, the lead author of the paper written with Drs. Stéphane
McLachlan and Rene Van Acker. Mauro, McLachlan and Van Acker are internationally
recognized experts on GM crops and their socio-economic and environmental
This research is the first of its kind to include farmer knowledge in the a priori
risk analysis of GM crops and, arguably, is the largest scale, independent-farmer-focused
study on GM crops ever conducted. The study, which was initiated in 2004,
evaluates farmer attitudes towards the benefits and risks of RRW using both
quantitative and qualitative methods. It included responses from 1566 farmers
across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, and includes organic, conventional,
and no-till farmers.
"In total, 83% of Canadian farmers disagreed that Roundup Ready wheat should
have unconfined release into the environment", says McLachlan, adding
that "although many respondents themselves used GM canola, the great
majority felt that risks associated with RRW far outweighed any benefits".
Overall, farmers ranked the risks of market loss, corporate control of the food
supply, agronomic impact and contamination of non-GM crops much higher than
any anticipated production benefits.
"The farmers surveyed were also very critical of government and industry
attempts to commercialize RRW and felt that their important knowledge was
missing from the debate", says Mauro. He concluded by saying, "Farmer
experiences and concerns should play an important role in shaping any future
decision-making regarding this controversial crop".
The study is one of few that is located in farmer experiences
and that is independent and publicly funded. It should have a substantial impact
on the ongoing controversy surrounding GM wheat, and will certainly be of interest
to farm organizations, other researchers, industry, and policymakers around
the world. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Manitoba
Rural Adaptations Council (MRAC) supported this research.
If you require more information, a copy of the paper or an
interview, please contact Ian Mauro directly: firstname.lastname@example.org and 204-979-4958
The peer-reviewed study is available for download from the "online first" section
of the journal's website:
Prince Pieray C. P Odor Comment left 26th June 2009 17:05:27
Thank you very much for this mail and for all your very great efforts and trouble.
I know that the cat would be let out of the bag regarding the whole lies of G.M. Foods producers and their satanism. My fear and worry subsist in how much harm they would have done, in terms of the depth, length, width, height and time dimensions of the harm, its irreversibility.
ALL GOVERNMENTS, ESPECIALLY THE GLOBALIST AND TERRIBLE USA GOVERNMENT, SHOULD ACT INTELLIGENTLY BY BANNING THE PRODUCTION OF GMOs and GMFs IMMEDIATELY.
Prince Pieray Awele Odor
Todd Millions Comment left 26th June 2009 17:05:09 So what?
I happen to know from the most first hand experince,
what a 3rd world shithole Canada is.
Its mafia's are fronted by a westminister modelled whorocracy-that can give the blighty original a run for its money on protecting mass posioners,massmurdering - christian warcrimminals and child molesters.If you doubt this -contact me for a partial list of particulars.
So the socialogists find most farmers opposed.So what?
At this moment the glyphosate resistent gm alfalfa-that a US judge(finally) had the wit AND integrity to ban the field trials of-
IS being open air tested in the french infested shit hole of Manitoba.
Is polling going to control the pollen?
Have any of the federal ag-tox canada crats or ministers posted open ended bonds for damages?
under Nafta is anyone liable?
Hitler was elected-and I can assure you he took the elections much more seriously than any of the puppet masters that pay for canadian ones.Same for our ermined weasel court system.