We have collected 75 signatures for a Canada-wide petition to send to the University of Guelph to ask it to withdraw its request to Health Canada for approval of the GM pig which is trademarked Enviropig.
Yes, the University of Guelph has developed, patented and is hoping to commercialize a genetically-modified pig that has been engineered using genetic material from a mouse and E. coli bacteria to excrete less phosphorus in its feces.
There is no reason to do this as cost-effective solutions to the problem of phosphorus pollution already exist. And if we really want to get to the root of the problem, pigs should not be crammed 10,000 per barn with no hope of ever seeing the light of day in the first place. But that is a whole other can of worms.
Right now we’re just talking about the Enviropig and to let others know that Yukoners are concerned about genetically modified animals creeping into the food chain.