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GE alfalfa stopped – for now

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

Washington Sate farmer says crop contaminated with GE alfalfa

GE alfalfa registered for use in Canada

GM Alfalfa Registered: Email your MP instantly from

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?”

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: 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
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: 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
Vernon: Outside the Constituency Office of Colin Mayes. 3105 29 St. Contact: Kelsi Evans

Victoria: 816 Government Street. Contact: Joan Russow 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
Details of locations for all 34 locations are posted at

Press release from the Cowichan Green Community of GE alfalfa

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

Plan to pave way for Roundup Ready alfalfa


Reduce GM migration | Forage Genetics International will apply for commercial registration once issues have been addressed

Posted Nov. 9th, 2012 by Brian Cross

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.
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New CBAN movie on the dangers of GE alfalfa

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!
Watch Now! <>Follow the bee as she finds out about Monsanto’s plans for genetically modified alfalfa. GM alfalfa is not yet legal in Canada but this could change soon. Alfalfa is an important crop for family farms and for the production of many organic foods. Together, we can still stop GM alfalfa!

Take Action to Stop GM Alfalfa!1. Share and post the video. Screen it at your community events.

2. Send your letter to the Minister of Agriculture instantly from

3. Find more information and action – get more involved at

4. Donate today at video was produced by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network with support from:
The Big Carrot Natural Market Toronto
De Dell Seeds Incorporated
Green Being Farm
Nature’s Path Foods
Organic Agriculture Protection Fund of the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate
The Organic Council of Ontario
Smiley Guy Studios

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