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.


[Dr Arpad Pusztai, Ralph Nader and Dr E. Ann Clark among the speakers]

The Council of Canadians presents:

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:

%Ï Ann Clark, Ph.D., Professor of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph

%Ï Susan Bardocz, Ph.D., former head of research unit, Rowett Research Institute, U.K.

%Ï Julie Delahanty, Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI)

%Ï 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:

%Ï Doreen Stabinsky, Ph.D., The Council for Responsible Genetics (CRG)

%Ï Michael Hansen, Ph.D., research associate, Consumer Policy Institute, U.S.A.

%Ï Leanne Simpson, Ph.D., Director of Indigenous Environmental Studies, Trent University

Third Panel: "Sound Science"?   Speakers include:

%Ï Katherine Barrett, Ph.D., Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN), U.S.A.

%Ï Elisabeth Abergel, Ph.D., Biotechnology Policy Analyst

Fourth Panel: Public Interest or Commercial Interest? (A panel on whistle blowing)  Speakers include:

%Ï Árpád Pusztai, Ph.D., former Senior Research Fellow, Rowett Research Institute, U.K.

%Ï Michele Brill-Edwards, MD, FRCPC, Deparment of Paediatrics, University of Ottawa

%Ï 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

Registration starts: January 8, 2001 For more information or to register contact the Council of Canadians: Phone: 1 (800) 387-7177 ext. 250 or locally (613) 233-4487 ext. 250 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mail:  The Council of Canadians, 502-151 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario  K1P 5H3

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.