Monday, April 30, 2012
The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
House of Commons
Dear Minister Ritz,
This letter was created as a result of legislative action by members of Community of Christ, meeting in its two Conferences that encompass Eastern and Western Canada. The issue concerns food containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), also called genetically engineered food.
We respectfully call on the government to implement mandatory labeling of all foods containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
Further, all such foods:
a) Must be labeled in a clear and understandable manner for the consumer;
b) Must include as part of the packaging, an internet address where consumers can access additional product information related to GMOs.
The ability to make an informed choice, especially pertaining to areas of government oversight such as food, is a cornerstone of any free and democratic country. Canada and the United States are the only industrialized countries that do not have mandatory labeling regulations in place. It is long overdue for Canada to correct this.
On behalf of our members across Canada, our Peace and Justice Committee will be tracking progress on this issue. We look forward to your response to this letter.
Rod Downing, Chair, Canada Peace and Justice Committee
Canada East Mission President
Canada West Mission President
Consider joining the march: Actions will occur in 52 countries including these 33 Canadian locations. The Canadian church stand is the most basic - to require the labelling of all genetically-modified (GM) food. The rally includes that demand, but many go further and want an outright ban on GM foods. So anyone who plans on going may want their own sign that indicates their stance. In terms of the process of change, marches are a multi-voiced tool to help advance the visibility of an issue and the pressure to change the issue’s status.
A second theme of the rally relates to Monsanto’s treatment of impoverished farmers around the world and the methods that Monsanto uses to control them. We have not yet created web material for this disturbing and complex issue, although organizations like World Accord are familiar with the devastating stories of such farmers. It is no way to empower people to find their own dignified path out of poverty, and Monsanto’s regressive tactics must be made visible and stopped.