For Immediate Release March 28, 2014
Company right to not release GM alfalfa this spring, says NFU
(North Bay, ON) – The National Farmers Union (NFU) is pleased to learn that Forage Genetics International (FGI) has decided not to begin selling herbicide-tolerant genetically modified (GM) alfalfa this spring. The company’s decision to delay the introduction of GM alfalfa into Canada was confirmed in the March 27 edition of The Western Producer and is consistent with recent statements made by seed companies in Quebec and Ontario. In 2013, without public input or notification, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) granted registration to several varieties of GM Roundup Ready alfalfa, which means FGI and their distributors could legally sell the herbicide-tolerant GM alfalfa across Canada. Continue reading
GM Alfalfa Registered: Email your MP instantly from http://www.cban.ca/alfalfaMPletter
Our government is siding with multinational companies against the best interests of farmers and our food system. I do not accept this. Do you?
Action Update on GM Alfalfa, June 11 2013:
The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) has uncovered that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has recently approved one variety of genetically engineered alfalfa: a herbicide tolerant (Roundup Ready) alfalfa from Monsanto/Forage Genetics International. This means that one variety of GM alfalfa is now legal to sell in Canada. There could be more varieties approved over the summer (the process is completely secret).
However, GM alfalfa seeds are not yet on the market in Canada. Email your MP today: “Will you stand up to stop GM alfalfa from being released and contaminating our fields and food?” http://www.cban.ca/alfalfaMPletter
Join Farmers to Stop the Release of Genetically Modified Alfalfa in Canada
Concerned that Genetically Modified (GM) alfalfa could be approved for use in Eastern Canada this spring, the National Farmers’ Union passed a resolution on March 2nd, 2013 calling for all farm organizations, civil society organizations and concerned consumers across Canada to join the NFU-Ontario in a national day of action against the release of GM alfalfa. In response to this resolution, the Cowichan Green Community (CGC) and the NFU Region 8 (BC-Peace River) will stand in support of our local farmers at a GM alfalfa rally on April 9th in Downtown Duncan. Continue reading
Reduce GM migration | Forage Genetics International will apply for commercial registration once issues have been addressed
Posted Nov. 9th, 2012 by Brian Cross http://www.producer.com/2012/11/plan-to-pave-way-for-roundup-ready-alfalfa%E2%80%A9/
The Canadian seed industry is working on a plan that could set the table for the commercialization of Roundup Ready alfalfa in Eastern Canada as early as next year.
Take action now, watch the movie and click on the link below to email the Federal Minister of Agriculture
Great animated video on GM Alfalfa! 3-minute action-packed educational video on genetically modified alfalfa now posted!
Alfalfa growers do not need or want genetically modified (GM) alfalfa and have been trying to stop it for at least five years. Organic food and farming in North America is under immediate threat from GM alfalfa. Conventional farmers will also lose their markets. The introduction of Monsanto’s GM herbicide tolerant (Roundup Ready) alfalfa would have serious negative impacts on many different types of farmers and farming systems. Because alfalfa is a perennial crop pollinated by bees, GM contamination is inevitable. GM alfalfa was actually approved in Canada in 2005 but still needs to go through one more step before it can be legally sold as seed in Canada. Protect family farms, join the campaign to stop GM alfalfa! For more information and action see http://www.cban.ca/alfalfa