Biotechnology (CBAN)

The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) researches and responds to the impacts of genetic engineering (also called genetic modification or GM) in food and farming. CBAN, a project of Tides Canada Initiatives, includes farmer associations, regional coalitions of grassroots groups, and environmental, international development and social justice organizations across Canada.

To access our research and updates, learn more about our work together and how you can get involved please visit

Did you know?

  • Canadian farmers grow GM corn, canola, soy and white sugar beet but Statistics Canada does not track how much, or where they are grown.
  • Genetically modified crops were introduced in Canada without any democratic debate or GM food labelling for consumers, and there is no public consultation before new GM crops and foods are approved.

What we do

  • Facilitate collaborative campaigning at the local, regional, national and international levels
  • Enable individual Canadians to take strategic and effective action
  • Research and monitor new technologies and provide credible information
  • Challenge government to transparency, accountability and democratic process

Why we do what we do

Our mission is to promote food sovereignty and democratic decision-making on science and technology issues in order to protect the integrity of the environment, health, food, and the livelihoods of people in Canada and around the world by facilitating, informing and organizing civil society action, researching, and providing information to government for policy development.