Consumer paradox: As media turn less negative on genetically modified crops, Canadian consumers remain ambivalent about innovative food products – Genetic Literacy Project

Canadians have high trust in Canada’s food safety system, but not new food productsGauging consumer attitudes to genetically modified (GM) crops has been taking place for over 20 years, with results showing gradually increasing acceptance. A recent study found an 80% decline in GM crop-related social media posts and more balanced mainstream media reporting. The authors of this research indicate that both forms of media may be developing more favourable views of GM crops and biotechnology. But is this the case when it comes to the Canadian consumer and their food, have their concerns changed since the first GM products were approved in the 1990
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Health Canada Issues Gene Editing Guidelines, Encourages Transparency- Crop Biotech Update (May 25, 2022) | ISAAA.org

Health Canada Issues Gene Editing Guidelines, Encourages Transparency- Crop Biotech Update (May 25, 2022) | ISAAA.org
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Status of Gene Editing Use in Public Canadian Crop Breeding – Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy

In Spring 2021, Health Canada released proposed new guidance for the Novel Food Regulations, specifically focused on plant breeding, and conducted an open consultation seeking feedback from both industry stakeholders and general Canadian public. This move reflects the government’s intent to establish a predictable commercialization pathway in preparation for new products that are developed using new plant breeding techniques, more specifically, “gene editing” (GEd) techniques.
— Read on www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/csip/publications/making-waves/status-of-gene-editing-use-in-public-canadian-crop-breeding.php

Viewpoint: Politics — not science — driving Canadian policy decisions over glyphosate and other agricultural tools – Genetic Literacy Project

Ahead of a federal election call, three Canadian federal ministers called a halt to a process that would likely have yielded quick results on increasing
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Canadian perspectives on food security and plant breeding | CABI Agriculture and sBioscience | Full Text

The broadness of biotechnology serves to connect different types of modern plant breeding techniques with the potential to improve global food security. However, the topic goes beyond the specific example consumers’ associate with the term—genetic modification. As a result, it is often unclear if consumers really know what they claim to understand and the efforts to clarify the science and reasoning behind the use of these practices is often obscured. Two online surveys of 500 Canadians were conducted in 2017. Three-quarters of Canadians have high levels of trust in those who provide information about food, yet two-thirds believe that modern plant breeding technologies are unnatural. Canadians lack basic knowledge about modern plant breeding practices and technologies and possess high levels of uncertainty regarding the potential for benefits or externalities to develop from the commercialization of new genome editing plant breeding technologies.
— Read on cabiagbio.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s43170-021-00036-9

Successful first harvest of winter-produced greenhouse peppers in Canada

Sollum Technologies is pleased to announce that Allegro Acres, located in Kingsville Ontario, harvested the first greenhouse crop of winter-produced peppers using LED lighting technology in…
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Government of Canada invests in new potato innovation hub

Pam Damoff, Member of Parliament for Oakville North-Burlington, joined EarthFresh Farms Inc. CFO Brad Wiseman and CEO Tom Hughes to announce over $1.2 million through the National Research…
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