Bill C-517 (mandatory labelling for genetically modified foods) defeated in Canadian Government

I was saddened to learn yesterday that Bill C-517, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (mandatory labelling for genetically modified foods) was not passed in Canadian government.

This is especially saddening because 88% of the Canadian population (Reference Here) want to have generic modification labelling on their food yet the bill was defeated 156-101. With a government that is supposed to represent the people and 88% of the people agreeing (and rarely does the population of a country so unanimously agree on something), one would think that that such a bill would be passed.

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1400km Cycling Trip (Shingu -> Akita)

Over the Golden Week holiday here in Japan, I took 2 weeks off and did another cycling trip in Japan. This time I took the train to the southern portion of the Kii Peninsula to a city called Shingu, Wakayama Prefecture. Its a good place to start bacause its only one change of trains away from Tokyo. From there I went North through the mountains of Nara, Wakayama and Mie Prefectures though Osaka (by train Osaka to Tsurga, about 100km) and then along the sea of Japan coast as far as I could which wound up being Akita City in Akita Prefecture. The total was 1400km in 16 days which is not too bad.

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