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The politicians are "no-shows" at a series of summer speaking events. by Larry Powell
Organizers of a national speaking tour, designed to warn of the potential health impacts of genetically-engineered foods, had
high hopes of winning the ear of governments when the tour arrived in
Manitoba in July. The Co-ordinator for the "GE Foods and Health
Cross-Canada Speakers Tour" in the province, Rose Stevens, personally sent e-mails to
numerous Members of Parliament and MLAs in Manitoba. She invited them to attend one of the seven eventsheld in the province that month.
Some sent regrets, without further explanation. Others said they
had other commitments, without saying what they were. One said he was going to
be out of the country for one of the dates, but didn't mention the others.Several did not even respond.
Whatever their circumstance,not one of the invited politicians showed up!
They also declined invitations to send representatives, if they could not be
What might these politicians have heard, had they attended?
Expert speakers sounded alarm bells overglyphosate. That's the active ingredient in Roundup, a
widely-used herbicide which kills broad-leaf weeds but spares crops which have
been genetically-engineered to resist it. Crops altered in this way are referred to as "Roundup-Ready."
One speaker,Thierry Vrain, cited evidence
that glyphosate depletes "GE" soybean crops of certain minerals,
making them less nutritious. Dr. Vrain worked for Agriculture Canada for 30
years as a soil scientist and geneticist.
He referred to statistics from both the Centers for Disease
Control and Department of Agriculture in the US which show "a very
probable link between the amount of glyphosate sprayed on crops and the number
of people coming down with gastrointestinal problems." And he pointed to
many research studies which suggest a similar link to an increasing litany of
human ailments like "kidney inflammation, liver damage, diabetes, celiac disease, autism, even cancer, premature births and miscarriages."
Dr. Vrain concedes that these studies simply establish a link and
are not "scientifically conclusive." But, he says they are like a
road map, pointing to the critical need for further studies which will either
prove or disprove "causation," once and for all. He suggests, to
press ahead with such studies would be relatively easy and logical; not to do
so, downright irresponsible.
He adds, the millions of kilograms of glyphosate now applied to
crops in North America each year have dispersed so widely, they can be found
"In our food, our drinking water, the rain and most importantly, in our
Another speaker on the tour, BC activist and organic food
advocate, Tony Mitra, pointed out, there is
not a single laboratory in all of Canada which will test mothers' milk or our
own blood or urine for glyphosate residue - even if we are prepared to pay for it! He
calls this unacceptable. Mitra has embarked on a campaign to get such a lab up
and running as a way of allowing ordinary people to find out just how much of
the pesticide they are coping with in their bodies.
Since it is not practical to documentall of the politicians’ responses
(or non-responses) in this space, here's a sampling of one from each major
party who were invited, but did not attend.
Manitoba's (NDP) Minister of Healthy Living, Sharon Blady, (above) did not
respond,to either of Ms. Stevens' two invitations toattend. (On her
webside, Ms. Blady promises to"create environments that support
health and wellness in our communities.")
Mayor Sam Katz (above) and the entire city council of Winnipeg were also invited. No one replied.
Kate Story (above), a candidate and official of both the federal and provincial Green
Parties (believed to be the onlyunelectedpolitician
to be invited), did not attend, either. Ironically, she was in the Maritimes at
the time, at a party convention where she was instrumental in defeating
a motion that would have weakened the party'santi-GMO stance. (Other Green Party supporters did attend the sessions. And one "Green" candidate, Janine Gibson, actually chaired one of the events.)
Ms. Stevens, the tour organizer, is satisfied with the response of the Green Party. But she is both frustrated and
disappointed with the rest.
"We elect our politicians because we
feel they will represent our best interests. After such a poor response
from all of them on such an important health issue it really makes me wonder
why we bother to vote for them? Are they more interested in protecting big
corporations and not making waves so they can remain in good favour with the
highly influential biotech companies?"