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Celebrity chef promotes GM foods

"We need that tool in our tool kit," he said.

Canadian Celebrity Chef Michael Smith threw his support behind genetically modified (GM) foods during the first of five public hearings on Canada's food policies being held across the country.

The sessions focus on food affordability, accessibility, safety and conservation, according to a CBC report.

"This debate over whether GMO is something that we should or shouldn't do is frankly disingenuous, first world problems," said Smith, who was invited to speak at the event as PEI's food ambassador. "We need to be able to feed 10 billion people on this planet by 2050.

"We need that tool in our tool kit," he said.

He said he believes the Canadian government needs to develop policies that promote better labeling for GM foods.

His comments come just days after it was disclosed that AquaBounty, producers of the world's first GM salmon, recorded its first sale of the fish to a number of customers in Canada. 

The company did not disclose who bought the 5 metric tons of fish its sold recently.

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