The GM Pig

Health Canada could soon approve the first genetically modified (GM) animal for human consumption. The University of Guelph has applied for food safety approval of its GM pig - they call it “Enviropig™”.
 
The GM pig contains genetic material from a mouse and E-coli bacteria, and is engineered to excrete less phosphorus in its feces.

Climate Change Through Women's Eyes: G20 Peoples' Summit

When women look at climate change they see a crisis not of their making but affecting them in many ways: the largest proportion of refugees and of the poor, the least able to affect political change. But there are many examples of what women are doing.

Genetic Engineering: Synthetic Organism

Globe and Mail, May 21 2010, page A2 - Second Life:  A Breakthrough leads to first synthetic organism.   This headline may excite us about how great this scientific discovery is - but does it not also alarm us somewhat?  Do we really know enough about nature, the environment, and the potential of these developments to say so categorically that the creation of articficial life is going to benefit society?  Genome-mapping pioneer, J Craig Venter states, "This is the first self-replicating species we've had on the planet whose parent is a computer".    I

More on Scrupling

On Saturday April 17 2010 a follow up working session on scrupling was held at Friends House, Toronto.  Fourteen people attended including representatives of the Anglican and Presbyterian Churches as well as Quakers.   The objective of the working group was to discuss the possibilities of convening scrupling sessions within our communities.   It was agreed that we would share our experiences and prepare some background materials on scrupling for community groups.

GMO foods

At the Biotechnology Reference Group of the Canadian Council of Churches recent meeting on April 20 we reviewed the development of a curriculum on biotechnology issues for faith groups.   We also reviewed a draft petition on the labelling of GMO foods which the BRG is considering submitting the Federal Commissioner on Environment and Sustainable Development.  In the petition we will ask the Commissioner whether or not the Government of Canada has reviewed the effectiveness of voluntary labelling; reviewed what other jurisdictions are doing re labelling of GMOs, and

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