Regulating innovative crop technologies in Canada: the case of regulating genetically modified crops
Article first published online: 19 NOV 2007
© 2007 The Authors
Plant Biotechnology Journal
Volume 6, Issue 3, pages 213–225, April 2008
How to Cite
Smyth, S. and McHughen, A. (2008), Regulating innovative crop technologies in Canada: the case of regulating genetically modified crops. Plant Biotechnology Journal, 6: 213–225. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7652.2007.00309.x
- Issue published online: 19 NOV 2007
- Article first published online: 19 NOV 2007
- Received 27 September 2007; accepted 11 October 2007.
- genetic engineering;
- genetic modification;
- plants with novel traits;
The advent of genetically modified crops in the late 1980s triggered a regulatory response to the relatively new field of plant genetic engineering. Over a 7-year period, a new regulatory framework was created, based on scientific principles that focused on risk mitigation. The process was transparent and deliberately sought the input of those involved in crop development from non-governmental organizations, industry, academia and federal research laboratories. The resulting regulations have now been in place for over a decade, and the resilience of the risk-mitigating regulations is evident as there has been no documented case of damage to either environment or human health.