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Agriculture committee  Thank you, Mr. Chair.

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Thibault Rehn

Agriculture committee  [inaudible] materials engineering, and I have a degree in pure and applied chemistry from the University of Glasgow. I'm not an expert in GMOs. I'm sorry if I offended you. I consulted the surveys, and I saw nothing in your riding, which I don't know.

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Thibault Rehn

Agriculture committee  Thank you, Mr. MacGregor. I heard your question correctly. I may not have the expertise that Ms. Vandelac has on this issue. All I know is that the Royal Society of Canada, where you bring together your best scientists in one field, already studied the issue of GMOs in 2001 and

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Thibault Rehn

Agriculture committee  The primary concern is health, but that doesn't depend solely on plant modification. Currently, after 25 years, 88% of all GMOs on the market worldwide are designed to resist or tolerate a herbicide. The medium- to long-term consequence is that the use of herbicides in these cro

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Thibault Rehn

Agriculture committee  I can't tell you if GMOs are good or bad for your health. There is no acute toxicity, otherwise this fact would have been observed. Unfortunately, since traceability can't be tracked, given the impossibility of conducting research, it isn't known whether there is long-term toxici

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Thibault Rehn

Agriculture committee  They aren't transparent.

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Thibault Rehn

Agriculture committee  No. What I'm saying is that there are fewer and fewer scientists because of the major cuts by the Conservatives, and unfortunately that is having an effect on independent research. One of the fundamental pillars of science is that scientific studies must be transparent and verif

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Thibault Rehn

Agriculture committee  No. What I'm saying is that Health Canada has made mistakes before. This has happened in the past and it is still happening today. Many products, such as the pesticide known as DDT and the herbicide Lasso, were approved by many scientists at Health Canada. As a result of subseque

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Thibault Rehn

Agriculture committee  We would like a transparent system so that our society is protected from these errors.

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Thibault Rehn

Agriculture committee  Yes, it's clear that reinvesting in public research is one of our fundamental arguments. Currently, public research centres in the agricultural sector in Canada are being closed. This opens a door to investment in private research, and the companies involved have interests other

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Thibault Rehn

Agriculture committee  In Canada, there is already labelling that is not related to health. It may, for example, be a matter of religion. Think of kosher food prescribed by Jewish laws. Uses may or may not be imposed in other cases. Today, you ask us how it is that the public has lost confidence. They

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Thibault Rehn

Agriculture committee  Thank you. First, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today. I speak on behalf of Vigilance OGM, which forms a network of associations and individuals from various backgrounds. So we have farmers, environmentalists, consumers and citizens. One thing we want to m

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Thibault Rehn

Agriculture committee  Yes, loud and clear.

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Thibault Rehn

Agriculture committee  Thibault is my first name and my last name is Rehn.

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Thibault Rehn

Agriculture committee  You know already that the government intervenes when it isn't strictly a health reason. There already are labels that are not solely health-based. They can be based on what we call “organic” features. They may have to do with health, ethics and the environment. There are labels b

October 18th, 2016Committee meeting

Thibault Rehn