[PEI] Environmentalist says people deserve
to know about tests
Reprinted with permission from CBC
Friday, July 27, 2001
CBC News Online staff
CBC Prince Edward Island
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
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