Genetically engineered linseed (flax) seed contamination of natural varieties in Canada has brought about huge economic losses to the industry.
Executive summary: Linseed, called flax in North America, is a crop adapted to northern latitudes that is primarily grown for its oil-rich seeds, used for food, animal feed, and industrial purposes. In 2009, contamination from a GE (genetically-engineered) linseed variety was detected in Canadian exports to Europe and Japan, triggering a market collapse that has caused huge economic losses for Canadian farmers. European processors and retailers have also suffered the economic repercussions, with products being recalled in several countries.
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Counting the Costs of Genetic Engineering - the report documents numerous case studies demonstrating the adverse environmental, economic and social impacts of genetic engineering, suggesting sustainable agricultural solutions instead.