One of the things that I have been working on this winter is the issue related to “Enviropig”, a genetically modified pig developed at the University of Guelph to excrete less phosphorus in its manure.
It is clear that consumers do not want to eat genetically modified animals. There is also no labelling of GM foods in Canada. That means, if this GM pig is commercialized, consumers will have no choice but to start avoiding Canadian pork products.
My concern is that hog farmers will bear the brunt of this consumer backlash against GM pork and that hog farmers will be the ones struggling to make ends meet as the bottom drops out of the pork market in Canada.
Luckily, last week, the only pork industry player behind this GM pig pulled its funding. It looks like this GM pig is done!
Thanks to groups like the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) www.cban.ca and farmers and consumers from across Canada, can come together to stand up against the genetic engineering of our foods.
Here is the CBAN website that explains the background around these GM Pigs: www.cban.ca/enviropig
Above you will find footage from the April 2nd Press Conference announcing the end of “Enviropig”. It was my first press conference and I certainly enjoyed it.