The Big Carrot, a major health food retailer in Toronto, Canada, have just completed their first phase in removing all GE-materials from their store. All food, with a 1% allowance for trace derivatives (such as lecithin), are now non-GE. They say they will continue to deal with the one percent next year and start digging into their bodycare and supplements departments.
MAJOR CANADIAN CONFERENCE
[Dr Arpad Pusztai, Ralph Nader and Dr E. Ann Clark among the speakers]
The Council of Canadians presents:
SCIENCE AND THE PUBLIC GOOD:
The impact of genetic engineering on food, people and the planet
Date: Friday February 16th, 2001
DAY EVENT (Crowne Plaza Hotel, 101 Lyon Street, Ottawa, Canada)
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Moderator: Rod MacRae, Ph.D., food policy analyst, former director, Toronto Food Policy Council
First Panel: The Faulty Assumptions and Misguided Applications of Genetic Engineering Speakers include:
%Ã Ann Clark, Ph.D., Professor of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph
%Ã Susan Bardocz, Ph.D., former head of research unit, Rowett Research Institute, U.K.
%Ã Julie Delahanty, Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI)
%Ã Warren Bell, MD, CM, CCFP, - practicing physician, President of the Canadian Association for Physicians and the Environment (CAPE).
Second Panel: The Ecological and Health Risks of Genetic Engineering Speakers include:
%Ã Doreen Stabinsky, Ph.D., The Council for Responsible Genetics (CRG)
%Ã Michael Hansen, Ph.D., research associate, Consumer Policy Institute, U.S.A.
%Ã Leanne Simpson, Ph.D., Director of Indigenous Environmental Studies, Trent University
Third Panel: "Sound Science"? Speakers include:
%Ã Katherine Barrett, Ph.D., Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN), U.S.A.
%Ã Elisabeth Abergel, Ph.D., Biotechnology Policy Analyst
Fourth Panel: Public Interest or Commercial Interest? (A panel on whistle blowing) Speakers include:
%Ã ÃrpÃ¡d Pusztai, Ph.D., former Senior Research Fellow, Rowett Research Institute, U.K.
%Ã Michele Brill-Edwards, MD, FRCPC, Deparment of Paediatrics, University of Ottawa
%Ã Edwin Daniel, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Medicine, McMaster University and Chair, Working Group on Genetics and Biotechnology, Science for Peace, University of Toronto.
EVENING EVENT (International Ballroom, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 101 Lyon Street, Ottawa, Canada)
Time: 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Maude Barlow, Volunteer Chair, Council of Canadians
Ann Clark, Professor of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph
Shiv Chopra, Veterinary Drug Evaluator, Health Canada
Margaret Haydon, Veterinary Drug Evaluator, Health Canada
Ralph Nader, renowned consumer advocate and U.S. presidential candidate for the Green Party
Whole Event: Before Feb. 2, 2001: $15 After Feb. 2, 2001: $25 Students, seniors and low-income: $10
Accommodation: Book accommodation in Ottawa as soon as possible as the Winterlude (Ottawa Winter Festival) is on at the same time and accomodations are booking up very fast. To book accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Hotel call 1-800-2CROWNE or (613) 237-3600. To get their special conference room rate ($135 for single/double rooms) make reference to the Council of Canadians and book before Jan. 16, 2001
Evening Event: Admission: $ 10 (cash only) Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.