WHEREAS consumers want to know the ingredients of the foods they purchase and have the right to choose what they and their children consume or may be exposed to;
WHEREAS the government has a responsibility to protect both the environment, including biodiversity, and the health of its citizens through food safety standards and information disclosure;
WHEREAS the short- and the long-term effects of consuming foods containing genetically-modified ingredients are unknown;
WHEREAS trans-fats have clearly been demonstrated to pose a serious threat to human health;
WHEREAS current regulations in Canada permit the labeling of foods as ‘Zero Trans Fat’ that contain under 0.2 grams of trans fat per serving, an amount which can add up to significant daily consumption;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urge the Government of Canada to enact legislation to ensure mandatory labeling of genetically modified food and products and support extensive research on genetically modified foods including risks to both humans and animals.
National Women’s Liberal Commission