Poll Shows 95% of Canadians Want GE Food Labels
GMO debate: 95% of Canadians want the right to choose what they eat

Source: Canada Newswire
Publication date: 2000-08-15

National Survey Shows More Canadians Shopping at
Natural Health Food Stores

TORONTO, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - Ninety-five percent of Canadians believe they
should have the right to choose whether or not they buy foods containing
genetically modified ingredients. This is according to a recent survey--The
CHFA Health Study--conducted by the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA).

The CHFA Health Study was carried out to determine Canadians' attitudes
towards genetically-modified foods and their likelihood of shopping at
natural health food stores. The results showed that ninety-four percent of
Canadians believe that foods containing genetically-modified ingredients
should be labeled accordingly.

"The CHFA Health Study results demonstrate that Canadians clearly believe
that they are being denied freedom of choice," said Donna Herringer,
President, CHFA. "This survey confirms what we have instinctively known for
years - Canadians do not want to blindly consume foods that contain GMOs.
People want the right to read a label and make an informed decision about
what they put in their bodies."

The CHFA Health Study demonstrated that there has been a significant
increase over the past two years in the number of Canadians shopping at
health food stores. Over one quarter of Canadians indicated they are more
likely to shop at a health food store as compared to two years ago. Knowing
that certified organic foods are free of GMOs, over one third of Canadians
said they were more likely to purchase organic foods than they were two
years ago.

The CHFA is actively tracking Canadians' attitudes towards GMOs because some
of its members produce labeled GMO-free products. These products are being
pulled off major retailers' shelves due exclusively to the presence of the
'GMO-free' label.

"We are hearing that our members are being required to sticker over the
GMO-free label at certain retail locations," said Herringer. "The solution
for manufacturers who refuse to comply with this demand is to sell through
natural health food stores who can offer clearly labeled GMO-free products.
The solution for consumers is to shop at natural health food stores as they
provide certified organic, GMO- free products."

Highlights from The CHFA Health Study are follows:

- 95% of respondents believe that Canadians should have the right to

choose whether or not they buy foods containing GMOs

- 94% believe foods containing GMOs should have a label indicating the

products contain genetically-modified ingredients

- Two thirds of Canadians believe it is important to know whether the

foods they eat contain GMOs

- Close to 60% of Canadians believe that GMOs pose a risk to the Canadian

food supply

- More than one quarter of Canadians are more likely to shop at a health

food store as compared to two years ago

- Upon learning that certified organic foods do not contain GMOs, 38% of

Canadians are more likely to buy organic foods

The CHFA Health Survey was conducted by Omnitel, a division of Thompson
Lightstone. A national sample of 1,000 Canadian adults were surveyed.

The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) is a non-profit, federally
chartered trade association formed in Vancouver in 1964. The CHFA represents
1,200 members from all sectors of the natural health products industry
including retailers, manufacturers, importers, distributors and publishers.

Publication date: 2000-08-15

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