Join us on April 9 in BC: Take Action to Stop GM Alfalfa

Tuesday April 9, 2013
12 noon to 1 pm
 
34 actions on April 9 including 6 in BC, and in the Yukon! Bring your banners. Bring your voices. Together we can stop the release of genetically modified alfalfa.
Duncan: Charles Hoey Park in downtown Duncan with Jean Crowder, the MP for Nanaimo-Cowichan. Hosted by the National Farmers Union and the Cowichan Green Community. Contact: Cowichan Green Community: info@cowichangreencommunity.ca 250-748-8506
Kelowna: Outiside Office of Ron Cannan, MP for Kelowna-Lake Country, 114 – 1835 Gordon Drive (Capri Mall). To present a petition with over 700 signatures! Contact: Heidi Osterman truefoodfoundation@shaw.ca
Nelson: Outside the Kootenay Co-op! 295 Baker Street. Come and sign the petition! Hosted by the National Farmers Union; Kootenay Lake Agricultural Society; Kootenay Organic Growers; West Kootenay Eco Society. Colleen Ross: colleen.ross.3012@gmail.com 613 213 1522
Smithers: Gather at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Main St, Smithers. Local organic farmers invite you to come and sign the petition! Contact: Jonathan 250-842-0088 or farm@woodgrain.ca
Vernon: Outside the Constituency Office of Colin Mayes. 3105 29 St. Contact: Kelsi Evans kelsievans@hotmail.ca

Victoria: 816 Government Street. Contact: Joan Russow DrjRussow@gmail.com 250 294-1339
Whitehorse, Yukon: Office of MP Ryan Leef – with signs and petition! 204 Black Street Whitehorse. Corner of Black Street and Second Ave. Hosted by Growers of Organic Food Yukon (GoOFY) Contact: Brian Lendrum 867.633.4201 lendrumross@northwestel.net
Details of locations for all 34 locations are posted at www.cban.ca/april9
Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) alfalfa could be registered for use in Canada this April! GM Roundup Ready alfalfa varieties have just been cleared for the last step before they hit the market – all they need now is a final rubber-stamp by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Alfalfa is used to produce many of the foods we eat! Alfalfa (commonly harvested as hay) is high-protein feed for animals like dairy cows, beef cattle, sheep, poultry and pigs. It’s also used to build nutrients in the soil and is important for organic farming. Because alfalfa is a perennial plant that is pollinated by bees, genetically modified alfalfa will inevitably cross-pollinate with non-GM and organic alfalfa, contaminating farms and threatening the livelihoods of family farmers across Canada.

This call for a Day of Action to Stop GM Alfalfa was issued by the National Farmers Union-Ontario.

For info on the Day of Action: www.cban.ca/april9
For more information on GM Alfalfa: www.cban.ca/alfalfa

What Else Can I Do to Help?

1.    Come out on April 9!  Bring your friends and family! Bring your home-made signs.
2.    Help publicize the action in your community by sending around this email and putting up posters, handing out flyers. Posters and flyers are at www.cban.ca/april9
3.    Collect signatures on the petition to stop GM alfalfa and bring them to the rally on April 9. See www.cban.ca/alfalfapetition
4.    Email, call or write to your Member of Parliament (you can search for your MP using your postal code at www.parl.gc.ca) and the Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz on April 9 gerry.ritz@parl.gc.ca Tel: 613-995-7080  Fax 613-996-8472 By mail (no postage required) Hon. Gerry Ritz, House of Commons, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6

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