Petition CBC News, The National to Interview Dr Thierry Vrain Regarding GMO & The Future of Agriculture
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Peter Mansbridge (Chief Correspondent, CBC)

Petition CBC News, The National to Interview Dr Thierry Vrain Regarding GMO & The Future of Agriculture

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      Friends of Dr Thierry Vrain

Dr. Thierry Vrain, formerly Head of Biotechnology at Agriculture Canada's Summerland Research Station, was once a supporter of GMO. He has in the last 10 years changed his position after paying attention to the flow of published studies coming from Europe that questioned the impact and safety of engineered food and is now sharing his concerns.

CBC thus far is ignoring the highly logical arguments that he is expressing and generally publishes Associated Press articles suggesting there are no problems with GMO in agriculture rather than do it's own in depth reporting.

It's high time that Peter Mansbridge interviews Dr Thierry Vrain on the National regarding the contents of his recent Ted talk entitled The Gene Revolution, The Future of Agriculture:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQkQXyiynYs

Canadians need to be getting more information from our public broadcaster regarding problems with GMO in agriculture that are more and more being researched, published and ignored by CBC. The safety of our food and the future of agriculture in Canada and the world should be of much greater concern to our public broadcaster.

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    1. Food Integrity Now Interview: Audio

      “It’s almost as if the entire population of North American is on a low-grade antibiotic diet day in day out”

      http://foodintegritynow.org/2014/05/08/dr-thierry-vrain-former-gmo-scientist-speaks/

      "Dr. Thierry Vrain, former genetic engineer and soil biologist with Agriculture Canada, spoke with us today about his concerns with genetically engineered crops (GMOs) and more importantly, the use of Glyphosate (RoundUp). Dr. Vrain’s background in the field of genetic engineering (for 30 years), makes him an expert on this gene technology. He explained how a cell is genetically engineered and what happens after this random insertion process through a gene gun and how it can have unknown effects."

      Dr. Thierry Vrain, Former Pro-GMO Scientist, Speaks Up

      Dr. Thierry Vrain, former genetic engineer and soil biologist with Agriculture Canada, spoke with us today about his concerns with genetically engineered crops (GMOs) and more importantly, the use of Glyphosate (RoundUp). Dr. Vrain's background in the field of genetic engineering (for 30 years), makes him an expert on this gene technology.

    2. The Eco Report: An Interview with Dr. Thierry Vrain

      "The Biotech Industry is correct to say that we have been genetically modifying our crops for 10,000 years. What is not said however is that there are consequences to this new technology to modify plants."

      http://www.theecoreport.com/green-blogs/sustainability/agriculture/gmo/an-interview-with-dr-thierry-vrain/

      An Interview with Dr. Thierry Vrain

      By Victoria Kelley, editor of ASC Magazine In the past two years I have been following a lot of what Dr Thierry Vrain has been explaining to the world in regards to GMO and RoundUp. Thank you Dr. Vrain for doing this very important interview with the ASC Magazine.

    3. Let’s begin with a little science, courtesy of Dr. Thierry Vrain

      “When we started with genetic engi­neer­ing in the 1980s, the sci­ence was based on the the­ory that one gene pro­duces one pro­tein. But we now know, since the human genome project, that a gene can cre­ate more than one pro­tein. The inser­tion of genes in the genome through genetic engi­neer­ing inter­rupts the cod­ing sequence of the DNA, cre­at­ing trun­cated, rogue pro­teins, which can cause unin­tended effects. It’s an inva­sive technology.”

      http://www.giraffe.org/option,com_sobi2/sobi2Task,sobi2Details/sobi2Id,1318/Itemid,91/

    4. Reached 2,000 signatures
    5. Evolution one-ups genetic modification

      "A parasitic worm is becoming rapidly resistant to the corn that was genetically engineered to kill it, according to a new study.

      Published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, it’s a cautionary tale of how bioengineering is only beneficial until evolution manages to catch up — and how mismanagement of biotech crops can hurry up that process."

      http://www.salon.com/2014/03/18/evolution_just_one_upped_genetic_modification/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

      Evolution one-ups genetic modification

      A pest evolved to eat the biotech corn that had been engineered to kill it Topics: Biotechnology, pesticides, Agriculture, EPA, corn, Genetic modification, Sustainability News A parasitic worm is becoming rapidly resistant to the corn that was genetically engineered to kill it, according to a new study.

    6. GM Crops Farmer to Farmer

      Farmers talking about the problems with GM agriculture they have experienced.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEX654gN3c4

      GM Crops Farmer to Farmer

      For information on this video go to - http://gmcropsfarmertofarmer.com/ Michael Hart, a conventional livestock family farmer, has been farming in Cornwall for nearly thirty years and has actively campaigned on behalf of family farmers for over fifteen years, travelling extensively in Europe, India, Canada and the USA.

    7. Steve Marsh: Help this farmer stop Monsanto’s GM canola

      You might not have heard of Steve Marsh yet but this man could lose everything to protect your right to eat GM-free food. Steve is an organic farmer from a farming community South of Perth in Kojonup, Western Australia and in 2010, the state government of Western Australia lifted the ban on GM canola, allowing for the commercial cultivation of this GM crop for the first time. As a result many farmers, including Marsh’s next door neighbour, began growing GM canola. Subsequently, Steve found GM canola plants spread over much of his farm, containing seed. 70% of Steve’s farm was contaminated and he lost his organic certification.

      http://safefoodfoundation.org/what-we-do/help-this-farmer/

    8. Brazilian farmers suing Monsanto

      "In the latest ruling on 11 October, Judge Figueiredo blocked Monsanto’s demands that farmers sign the agreement as a condition to buy RR2. The judge said that Monsanto is unfairly taking advantage of its favorable position in the market as the only technology provider of Intacta RR2, in forcing farmers to “to comply with clauses that are burdensome, if not illegal” "

      http://sustainablepulse.com/2013/12/09/monsanto-faces-usd-1-billion-brazilian-farmer-lawsuit/#.UrKxuuJR8eQ

    9. Lack of regulation of GE crops a concern for scientists

      Vrain said scientists knew that would happen right from the start. For every new insecticide, it takes roughly five to 10 years before insects become resistant. The same process is at work when bacteria become resistant to an antibiotic. Half of the acreage in the United States is infested with one of the super weeds and they’ve made their way into Canada from Ontario west to Alberta.

      http://lethbridgeherald.com/news/local-news/2013/12/lack-of-regulation-of-ge-crops-a-concern-for-scientists/

      Why one might wonder is it a good idea to use a product with legal requirements a farmer cannot save increasingly expensive seed for a product which is destined to not only not work long term but cause an evolution in weeds to occur which clearly selects much larger more fit weeds to eventually prosper.

      Lack of regulation of GE crops a concern for scientists

      By Zentner, Caroline on December 14, 2013. Caroline Zentner lethbridge herald czentner@lethbridgeherald.com Two scientists are on a cross-country tour speaking out against genetically engineered crops and the use of hormones in raising animals. Thierry Vrain, a retired soil biologist and genetic engineer who worked for Agriculture Canada for 30 years, wanted to grow a big garden when he retired on Vancouver Island.

    10. BBC. Superweeds pose GM-resistant challenge for farmers

      "US farmers are facing a growing challenge from weeds resistant to chemical sprays, and enduring millions of dollars in losses as a result.

      The so-called "superweeds" have arisen because of the success of genetically modified crops, which now account for the vast majority of US corn, soya and cotton.

      GM essentially means that crops are protected from one type of chemical weedkiller. But because farmers have become over-reliant on this one product, weeds with natural resistance have spread rapidly and have strangled production on millions of acres.

      Scientists say the solution to the widespread resistance problem is a new type of GM that uses a powerful weedkiller that was once part of Agent Orange, the defoliant widely used during the Vietnam war. "

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19594335

      Farmers face rise of the superweeds

      Farmers all over the US are facing a growing challenge from weeds resistant to chemical sprays. But could more chemicals be the answer?

    11. Monsanto Quotes studies in disregard of Indian Farmers BT Cotton Protests

      Monsanto hints these thousands of Indian Farmers upset with Monsanto cotton protesting in the streets don't have any idea what they are really mad about in a show of disregard. http://www.france24.com/en/20130705-wb-en-reporters-india-transgenic-cotton-fields-monsanto-farmers-maharastra-state

      "Despite claims by those who oppose GMO crops, research also demonstrates there is no link between Indian farmer suicides and the planting of GMO cotton." Monsanto quoted research flying in the face of the clear experience of many Indian cotton farmers who took to the streets to protest the agricultural product that they have personally experienced using as farmers.

      India's transgenic cotton tragedy

      Ever since Monsanto introduced genetically modified (GM) cotton in India in 2002, the company has been hounded by a string of controversies. Over a decade later, there is still no consensus in the country on BT cotton, and more broadly on GM crops as a whole.

    12. GE Foods & Human Health: A Cross-Canada Speakers Tour

      The Society for a GE Free BC has partnered with Greenpeace Vancouver Local Group to coordinate a cross-Canada speaker’s tour on the topic of genetically engineered foods.

      http://gefreebc.wordpress.com/gefoodstour/

      Through a mix of presentations and public meetings, Dr. Thierry Vrain, a retired soil biologist and genetic engineer who now speaks against GE technology after a 30-year career with Agriculture Canada, and Dr. Shiv Chopra, a former Health Canada scientist who lost his job after going public with concerns about the potential human health risks associated with bovine growth hormone, will discuss their concerns about GE foods within the Canadian food system.

      GE Foods Tour

      As many of our readers might already know, the Society for a GE Free BC has partnered with Greenpeace Vancouver Local Group to coordinate a cross-Canada speaker's tour on the topic of genetically engineered foods. Entitled Genetically Engineered (GE) Foods and Human Health, the goal of this tour is to address the public's concerns about...

    13. Study: Monsanto GMO food claims probably false

      Heinemann’s group found that between 1985 and 2010, Western Europe has experienced yield gains at a faster rate than North America for all three crops measured....

      Farmers in Mexico, the birthplace of corn, plant a fantastic variety of corn. The plants differ in color, height, ear size, drought tolerance, maturity time, and more. If bad weather shows up late in the season, the early maturing varieties still provided a harvest. If it’s dry, the drought tolerant varieties survive. If a new disease shows up, some of the corn is bound to have some resistance to it whereas other varieties will be more susceptible to it. Biodiversity acts almost like an insurance system.

      Planting genetically identical crops results in the opposite. It’s like betting all of your money on one lottery number. And when U.S. corn farmers lose the lottery, they all lose together so the national yield plummets.

      http://www.salon.com/2013/06/27/study_monsanto_gmo_food_claims_probably_false_partner/

      Study: Monsanto GMO food claims probably false

      Oops. The World Food Prize committee's got a bit of egg on its face-genetically engineered egg. They just awarded the World Food Prize to three scientists, including one from Syngenta and one from Monsanto, who invented genetic engineering because, they say, the technology increases crop yields and decreases pesticide use.

    14. Reached 1,500 signatures
    15. Synergy Magazine interview with Dr. Thierry Vrain

      An interview with Dr. Thierry Vrain " Synergy Magazine / The Magazine for Mindful Living / Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

      An interview with Dr. Thierry Vrain: A former genetic engineer speaks out about GMOs. On a warm, sunny day in May, underneath the shade of cherry blossoms, my partner Paul and I sat with Thierry Vrain, a former scientist who worked for Agriculture Canada for 35 years.

    16. Reached 500 signatures
    17. Contact a Canadian Journalist

      Doing the search "People who live in Canada and are Journalists" in facebook gets over a 1000 results.

      Most News organizations have a means to contact them with a story either through letter to the editors or contacts us forms.

      So why not contact some journalists or news organizations who operate near your home town with a personal message letting them know the compelling story of Dr Thierry Vrain that Canadians should be hearing about and request some exposure for his TED talk and for the petition.

      I've written a template you could edit to make things easier.

      https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QVT_w6V1yKw4TUHU5v85_RkfibhPuvkyIV4ovjVQr6k/edit?usp=sharing

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      Sign up for google alerts for news related to GMO using various keywords and post comments encouraging people to watch the TED talk and sign the petition including the links to each.

      This should have the effect of increasing user traffic to the petition and potentially increasing the search rankings of each.

    19. Reached 250 signatures
    20. Dr Thierry Vrain welcomes the petition!

      I contacted Dr Vrain to let him know about the petition out of courtesy as I started it without his knowledge and he replied today as follows:

      "Thank you, all initiatives are welcome. I hope lots of people hear my message and start making their voice heard."

      Lets work together to make our voices and his voice heard on CBC!

      Spread word of the petition and encourage people to watch Dr Thierry Vrain Ted talk entitled The Gene Revolution, The Future of Agriculture:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQkQXyiynYs

      The Gene Revolution, The Future of Agriculture: Dr. Thierry Vrain at TEDxComoxValley

      Thierry Vrain retired 10 years ago after a long career as a soil biologist and ended head of a department of molecular biology running his own research program to engineer nematode resistance genes in crops. In his retirement career as a gardener he learned five or six years ago how the soil ecosystem really functions and have been preaching ever since.

    21. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Kim robinson TORONTO, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      nature should be allowed to work as intended

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    • Jennifer White TORONTO, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      It's life or death....we are being poisoned....

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    • Eileen Browne DELTA, BC, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      What can be more important than our survival?

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    • dong qian AMHERSTBURG, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      We definitely need more research on GMO before come to the market.

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    • Heather Drayton KYOGLE, AUSTRALIA
      • 5 months ago

      I like food, and I garden so anything that impedes the safety of either of these pleasure will have a significant effect on my life, and yours.

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