Allowing Simplot’s GMO potatoes called ‘foolhardy’ by Council of Canadians

Leo Broderick

Leo Broderick has concerns about GMO potatoes (Council of Canadians)

The Council of Canadians is pressing the provincial government to keep genetically modified potatoes out of Prince Edward Island soil. Council chair Leo Broderick questions the science behind Innate generation 2 potatoes, and added that the Island. would be better off staying away from the controversy surrounding genetically modified food. Canadian officials approve Simplot’s second generation GMO potatoes last week. Broderick noted P.E.I. is already attracting attention as a producer of genetically modified salmon. “It would be foolhardy for the province to allow genetically engineered potatoes to be grown in the province,” said Broderick. “If we add genetically engineered potatoes we will have a very poor image and that’s not the kind of image that we want for the province.” 

There are currently no Innate potatoes being commercially grown on Prince Edward Island, however there are small test plots of both generations 1 and 2 on the Island. Broderick said the Council of Canadians will be joining other groups across the country to campaign against the growing of the potatoes. While the Innate potatoes from Simplot are genetically engineered, there are only potato genes — from a mix of wild and cultivated varieties — used in the process. (Source: CBC)