Deconstructing Dinner continues with our ongoing coverage on the controversial subject of GMOs - genetically
modified organisms. As part of our past coverage we've spent time looking at how dialogue on GMOs makes its way
through the Government of Canada, whether it be the regulatory process itself, or debates heard from Canada's House of
Commons. On today's episode we listen in on December 2009 meetings of Canada's Standing Committee on Agriculture and
Agri-Food. The Committee is made up of 12 Members of Parliament and invited a panel of experts on the subject of GMOs
to share their thoughts and opinions on Canada's regulatory process for approving such foods and how the Canadian
public currently perceives their presence in the food supply.
Michel Arnold, executive director, Option Consommateurs (Montreal, QC) -
Option Consommateurs is a not-for-profit association whose mission is to promote and defend the basic rights
of consumers and ensure that they are recognized and respected.
Randy Hoback, member of parliament, Conservative Party of Canada (Prince Albert, SK) -
Randy is a Conservative MP representing the riding of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Randy purchased his
family's farm in 2000 and expanded it to 3300 acres. He also established a custom spraying and trucking business.
Gord Surgeoner, president, Ontario Agri-Food Technologies (Guelph, ON) -
Before joining OAFT, Gord was a professor in the Department of Environmental Biology, and then the Department
of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph until his retirement in January, 2004. Since 1999, Gord has been
the President of Ontario Agri-Food Technologies, a non-profit organization consisting of members from farm
associations, universities, industry and governments. The organization focuses on Ontario's participation in
developing, promoting and adopting biotechnology.
Devlin Kuyek, advisor, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) (Montreal, QC) -
CBAN promotes food sovereignty and democratic decision-making on science and technology issues in order to
protect the integrity of the environment, health, food, and the livelihoods of people in Canada and around the world
by facilitating, informing and organizing civil society action, researching, and providing information to government
for policy development.
Terry Boehm, president, National Farmers Union (NFU) (Allan, SK) -
The National Farmers Union is the only voluntary, direct-membership national farm organization in Canada. It
is also the only farm organization incorporated through an Act of Parliament (June 11, 1970). Terry farms in Allan, SK.
Peter Andrée, assistant professor, Department of Political Science, Carleton University (Ottawa, ON) -
Peter's research focuses on international and Canadian environmental politics as well as the political
economy of agriculture and the food system. His first book, entitled Genetically-Modified Diplomacy: The Global
Politics of Agricultural Biotechnology and the Environment, was published by UBC Press in 2007.