CBAN (Lucy Sharratt) sent this: we all need to move on this today!
Bill C-474 was voted down but not out!!
Your letters have a strong influence! We are making great headway with this approach; the biotech firms are lobbying heavily to counter us. We must protect our farmers or lose our export markets and our ability to grow our own food.
Bill C-474 would support Canadian farmers by requiring that “an analysis of potential harm to export markets be conducted before the sale of any new genetically engineered seed is permitted.”
April 1 Update: Loud “nays’ from Conservative MPs registered the provisional but not official defeat of Bill C-474 on April 1 in the oral vote – however your letters convinced the Liberal Agriculture Critic to recommend the Bill to Committee rather defeat it. On April 14 there will be an official, registered vote of all MPs present in the House at that time – the Liberal Party needs to make sure that all Liberal MPs vote for Bill C-474 on April 14!
You can write to the Liberals directly: CBAN has set up a page to make it easy for you: Letter to Michael Ignatieff.
Write your local MP here: Letter to my MP
Thank you to everyone who has done this, and an extra huge thanks for those that have forwarded this! It’s in our hands – we have the power!!
April Reeves, Director, GE Free BC
Posted in Canadian Politics & Food, CBAN, Food Security, Take Action!, World Food Politics
Tagged April Reeves, Canadian Food Politics, CBAN, Food Secure, Food Security, Lucy Sharratt, Small Farmer, Sustainability, Take Action!
Monsanto’s genetically engineered “Roundup Ready” seed line now accounts for 93 percent of the soybeans and 82 percent of the corn produced in the U.S., according to a recent Bloomberg article.
Should you be concerned? As Michael Pollan has pointed out, corn is the “keystone species of the industrial food system, along with its sidekick, soybean”:
Take a typical fast food meal. Corn is the sweetener in the soda. It’s in the corn-fed beef Big Mac patty, and in the high-fructose syrup in the bun, and in the secret sauce….The “four different fuels” in a Lunchables meal, are all essentially corn-based. The chicken nugget—including feed for the chicken, fillers, binders, coating, and dipping sauce—is all corn….even the salads at McDonald’s are full of high-fructose corn syrup and thickeners made from corn.”
Posted in American Politics & Food, Biotech Companies, Canadian Politics & Food, Food Security, Monsanto, Take Action!, World GE Politics
Tagged Biodiversity, ClimatePath, Dave Rochlin CEO, Farmer rights, Fast food, Food control, GM soy, India, Monoculture, Protect Our Farmers, Roundup Ready