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Environmentalists pressure Canadian schools to drop food waste webinar because it mentions non-browning GE apple

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[Editor’s note: Read the GLP’s profile on the genetically engineered non-browning Arctic Apple and the potential for genetic engineering to help reduce food waste.]

The [environmental group] Council of Canadians is raising concerns about an information session on food that is planned to be shown in high school classrooms across Canada on Tuesday [March 7, 2017].

Leo Broderick, vice-chair of the organization, is calling on ministers of education in eight provinces, including P.E.I., to pull the webinar Trashing Food Waste with Technology. The webinar is part of a month-long agricultural literacy program organized by the non-profit group Agriculture in the Classroom.

Broderick doesn’t like that the webinar’s sponsors include several major seed and pesticide producers, and also features a genetically modified apple, created in B.C., that is approved for sale in the US but not in Canada.

“Certainly, I don’t think that we should be filling up our classrooms with corporate propaganda,” said Broderick.

“I think it’s important that we have another perspective and that we not promote through our classrooms across the country genetically engineered food.”

The Council of Canadians is part of a coalition of Canadian environmental groups that oppose the webinar.

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