The Hill Times, Opinion by Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, September 11, 2023. https://www.hilltimes.com/story/2023/09/11/new-regulatory-guidance-sets-up-corporate-self-regulation-of-gmos/396402/
The emergence of new genetic engineering techniques for food and farming renewed the deregulation ambitions of the biotechnology industry. The federal government has responded quickly with a hands-off approach. However, the use of new genomic technologies in our food system, such as gene editing, demands strong regulatory oversight.
Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency both recently updated their guidance on regulating genetically engineered foods and seeds. These updates are significant policy decisions about the future of genetic engineering and consumer choice that will change how many Canadians view the food system and federal regulation, and may impact food and environmental safety.