Country Report: Canada
Genetically modified organisms are at the heart of the Canadian economy. Generally speaking, GMOs are perceived more as foodstuffs capable of fostering trade rather than a threat to people’s health. WTO litigation or the absence of EU-Style labeling suggest that GMO enjoy great support from the government and the population. Although some municipalities declare themselves GMO-free, “moratoria” or “thresholds” are extraneous to the Canadian GMO-legislation. In addition, private law reveals itself quite incapable of compensating damages sustained by GMO activity. In synthesis, Canada aligns itself to liberal attitudes to GMO farming.