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Triffid Flax: a drama in three acts

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This presentation documents the rise and fall (trade and industry costs) of Triffid, a genetically modified flax variety that was approved for food and feed approval in two countries.

This presentation documents the rise and fall (trade and industry costs) of Triffid, a genetically modified flax variety that was approved for food and feed approval in two countries.

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    Triffid Flax: a drama in three acts Triffid Flax: a drama in three acts Presentation Transcript

    • ~ Cami Ryan ~Total Utilization of Flax Genomics (TUFGEN) University of Saskatchewan VALGEN, Vancouver March 2012
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    • Act I Triffid Flax Act II Triffid’s Demise Act III The Resurrection of Triffid3
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    • Canada China US India5 Source: FAO Stats
    • O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention, [this Triffid], A kingdom for a stage, princes to act And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! Henry V, Act I6
    • Feed Approval Food Food/Feed1988 1989 1994 1996 1996/97 1998
    • ‘Tis a vile thing to die, my gracious lord, When men are unprepared [for consumers’ response to GM] and look not for it. - Richard III, Act III -8
    • Recall and crush organized CDC Triffid transported/crushed/destroyed CDC Triffid deregistered2000 2001 9
    • What may this mean That thou, dead [Triffid] corse, again, in complete steel, Revisitst thus … - Hamlet, Act I -10
    • 16K tonnes in quarantine July Sept Oct Testing!!!!2009 2009 2009 11
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    • NPTII marker discovered FP967 notification on RASFF Launch of Stewardship Protocol13 Data Source: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture (2011)
    • Source: Viju etal 201114
    •  Canada:  EU: $30,000,000 (CDN) $52,000,000 (CDN) > $80,000,000 (calculations based on: Ryan & Smyth 2011; Dayananda 2011) ; (COCERAL Report 2011) 15
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    • “…often gain quick acceptance …and on occasion they do have direct impacts on government policy...” Paarlberg and Pray (2008)18
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    • S. Somers on GM Foods: “fake” and "loaded with toxins, chemicals”20
    • “GMO health risks and their impact on our most precious resource - our children”21
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    • Klaus Ammann
    • Questions? Comments? Cami RyanDepartments of Plant Science & Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics University of Saskatchewan Twitter me @DocCamiRyan Blog: http://doccamiryan.wordpress.com/ Acknowledgements: Stuart Smyth TUFGEN team VALGEN SaskFlax Flax Council of Canada 24