[PEI] Environmentalist says people deserve to know about tests

Reprinted with permission from CBC News

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Friday, July 27, 2001

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CHARLOTTETOWN Sharon Labchuck says Islanders deserve to know where genetically modified crops are planted. Labchuck, who heads an organization called Earth Action, was reacting to news genetically modified wheat was grown on P.E.I. last summer.

Designed to resist mildew, the plants were tested by Novartis Seeds, with approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

The federal department is refusing to tell the P.E.I. Department of Agriculture where the trails were held.

Labchuck is asking anyone with information about other test plots to call her. "We'll let everybody know on the Island, " says Labchuck. "It's up to people to decide whether it be to protest or rip the stuff out."

CBC Radio contacted Novartis to find out what happened to the crop, and if it plans future crop trials on the Island. The company has not provided any information.

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