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North American Community of Faith vs. The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Department Of Justice And Attorney General

North American Community of Faith vs. Canadian Ministry Of Justice
284 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0H8, Canada
    • Status: In Negotiation
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    • Claimant Seeks: 1 non-monetary items.
    • Claim #: 1008189
    • Amount Involved: N/A
    • Filed On: Aug 16, 2016
    • Posted On: Aug 27, 2016
    • Complaint(s):
      • Unjust or misguided public policy
      • Public health hazard
      • Environmental issue
  • Notice: Sent by registered mail RE 335304924US August 19 2016
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Statement of Claim
Claimant says:
"The Canadian Ministries of Health and Environment, by approving the sale of unlabeled genetically engineered salmon for human consumption, without fully analyzing its potential risks, is disregarding citizens’ right to know what is in their food, and endangering human health and the environment.

• As the taro plant is considered a relative to the indigenous Hawaiians; likewise the salmon is considered a relative to the indigenous cultures of North America, and intrinsic to their ancient and sacred customs. Therefore, to protect and preserve the cultural integrity of indigenous civilizations, salmon genes and their DNA must remain inviolable.

• Genetically engineered salmon was invented by combining two strands of DNA, constructed artificially from the DNA of the Chinook salmon and the eel-like species called an ocean pout. This technique is fundamentally different from traditional methods of selective breeding or hybridization that are performed within the natural reproductive context; and produces outcomes that could never occur in nature.

• By breaking down the protective barriers that exist to prevent the transfer of genes between species, genetic engineers have radically restructured the DNA of an entire species.

• Genetically engineered salmon could escape, which would produce unintended effects within each ecosystem to which it belongs.

• While genetically engineered salmon is presumed safe for consumption, it has not been tested for human safety. Therefore, consuming genetically engineered salmon could cause unpredictable and potentially adverse effects on human health.

Revised August 18 2016
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What Claimant Wants Hide
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1. Change of policy: All genetically engineered salmon sold for human or animal consumption must carry labels printed in English or French: “Genetically engineered salmon.” Sep 05, 2017 N/A
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  • Contributed Solution: by Jason Kranz On 11-27-2016
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Is this a fair resolution?
  • Comment: by Anne Dietrich (121 points) — Founder And Director Of Truth In Labeling Coalition
  • On: 08-29-2016
  • "Claims that there is a consensus among scientific and governmental bodies that genetically engineered foods are safe, or that they are no more risky than non-GMO foods are false." 

    "An expert panel of the Royal Society of Canada issued a report that was highly critical of the regulatory system for GMO foods and crops in Canada. The report declared that it is “scientifically unjustifiable” to presume that GMO foods are safe without rigorous scientific testing and that the “default prediction” for every GMO food should be that the introduction of a new gene will cause “unanticipated changes” in the expression of other genes, the pattern of proteins produced, and/or metabolic activities. Possible outcomes of these changes identified in the report included the presence of new or unexpected allergens:"  Furthermore, the unintended effects of genetic engineering documented in the scientific literature are not disputable: Even so, proving that genetically engineered salmon is harmful is not necessary in order to require mandatory labeling before it is sold for human consumption.

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