GMO foods

A "No GMO" plate sign sticks out of a 5 tonne pile of corn, dumped by Greenpeace activists in front of the Quebec Liberal Party's headquarters in Montreal, demanding labeling of GM foods. © Greenpeace / Genevieve Goyette

Greenpeace opposes the release of genetically engineered (GE) crops and animals into the environment based on the precautionary principle. We also oppose patents on plants, animals, humans and genes. Life is not a commodity.

Genetic engineering is the manipulation of genes to create new plants, animals and microorganisms. Multinational corporations have GE crops planted on millions of hectares of land — a giant genetic experiment with unpredictable and possibly irreversible risks.

GE food has been in grocery stores since 1996, but no long-term tests have been done on the impacts on human health. Potential health risks include the development of antibiotic resistance, allergic reactions, nutritional changes and the creation of toxins. GE crops also threaten plant diversity, essential for food security.

How greenpeace opposes genetic engineering

  • Pressuring the government: While Canada is one of the world’s largest producers of GE crops, the system for regulating food biotechnology is extremely weak. We’re urging the government to do more.
  • Supporting comprehensive testing: GE crops must undergo rigorous testing to determine their impact on human health and the environment. We support all efforts to do so.
  • Advocating interim measures: We want GE crops and seeds segregated from conventional and organic seeds. We want better labelling of GE foods so consumers can make informed decisions. Canada and the United States are the only industrialized countries that do not have mandatory labelling regulations in place.

The latest updates


We're not backing down on genetic engineering

Blog entry by Anil Kanji | January 12, 2010

From Greenpeace International's Making Waves blog Not many things are certain but in the media you can be sure that things you say will often get distorted so much so - that after a while they bear little or no resemblance to...

Federal Elections - After The World According to Monsanto, a moratorium on GE crops...

Feature story | September 14, 2008 at 17:00

FEDERAL ELECTIONS After The World According to Monsanto, a moratorium on GE crops and foods is a must!After watching the documentary The World According to Monsanto, no one will be able to say they “just didn’t know.”

Dead Zones: How Agricultural Fertilizers are Killing our Rivers, Lakes and Oceans

Feature story | July 7, 2008 at 17:00

Last year, many Canadians had their summer holiday at the lake interrupted by the appearance of toxic dead zones caused by hazardous algae blooms. In Western Canada, Lake Winnipeg experienced record algae pollution which has doubled in the last...

Film Screening: The World According to Monsanto

Feature story | May 25, 2008 at 17:00

An acclaimed documentary by filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin on the genetic engineering and chemical conglomerate Monsanto (The World According to Monsanto), makes its English Canadian Premier tonight at the National Film Board's monthly Green...

Parliament denies Canadians mandatory labelling of GE foods

Feature story | May 7, 2008 at 17:00

A private member’s bill giving consumers the right to know if the food sold in Canada contains genetically engineered (GE) ingredients was defeated in the House of Commons today by a vote of 101 to 156. The defeat of Bill C-517 effectively...

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