93% of Canadians Demand GE Food Labels

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Label GMO Beer and Food - Pass Bill C-287 More than 80 groups, 93% of
Canadians say Label Now

Press release from the Council of Canadians

OTTAWA, June 6 /CNW/ - More than 80 groups have joined the push to
get the federal government to listen to Canadians and implement mandatory
labelling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. The unprecedented support
comes as private member's bill C-287 enters second reading in the House.

If passed, Liberal MP Charles Caccia's bill would make food companies
label their GE food. But there's concern the bill will die unless enough MPs
vote in the fall to send the bill to committee and to a final vote in the

To build support for the bill, a letter is being circulated across Canada
to encourage support for C-287. To date, more than 80 groups have signed
and many of the groups are promising a summer of mobilization as MPs return
to their ridings.

"All MPs, and Minister Rock in particular, should support this bill to make
sure a much needed democratic debate takes place in Parliament," says
Nadège Adam, Health Protection Campaigner for the Council of Canadians.
"Few other initiatives have had a 93 per cent public support rate for six years
in a row."

"Canada's jacking up MPs' salaries because they say we're falling behind
world standards," said Eric Darier of Greenpeace. "But 35 countries are
adopting mandatory labelling, protecting more than a billion people. We're
falling behind the world - way behind - and Canadians are demanding we
keep up."

"Not only do Canadians want mandatory labelling, the world expects it,"
said Brewster Kneen of BC Biotechnology Circle. "From beer to canola
and from Europe to Japan, our customers want GE food labelled. How many
customers do we have to lose before the government gets it?"

Caccia's bill is timely since the Royal Society of Canada's report, which
contains 53 recommendations calling for the overhaul of the GE regulatory
process, continues to be ignored by government officials since its release
last February.

The Globe and Mail's Edward Greenspon has called this a "private member's
bill worth supporting".


For further information: Nadège Adam, Council of Canadians, ph:
(613) 233-4487, ext. 245, cell: (613) 295-0432; Eric Darier, Greenpeace, ph:
(514) 933-0021, ext. 15, cell: (514) 240-6497

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