From Grainews: Ag groups push back against biotech wheat
A bid by a number of Canadian, U.S. and Australian growers’ groups to help clear the regulatory road for gene-altered wheats has run up against equally opposed groups from the same three countries.
“In light of our existing experience with genetic engineering, and recognizing the global consumer rejection of genetically engineered (GE) wheat, we restate our definitive opposition to GE wheat and our commitment to stopping the commercialization of GE traits in our wheat crops,” 15 farmer, consumer and “civil society” groups said in a joint release Monday.
Canadian groups putting their names to the statement include the National Farmers Union (NFU), Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, Union Paysanne, Union Biologique Paysanne, Reseau Quebecois contre les OGM and the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate….
And in the other corner:
Canadian groups on board to support wheat biotech approvals included the Grain Growers of Canada, Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association and Alberta Winter Wheat Producers Commission.
U.S. supporters included the National Association of Wheat Growers, U.S. Wheat Associates and North American Millers’ Association, while Australian groups involved included the Grains Council of Australia, Grain Growers Association and the Pastoralists and Graziers Association of Western Australia….
For more information about the anti-GM-wheat effort, see also, from the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network: Stop GM Wheat – Join the Global Action.