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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 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 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

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

GMO Tour 2011 – Lucy Sharratt from CBAN

Lucy Sharratt from CBAN – Canadian Biotechnology Action Network and April Reeves of GE Free BC will be touring BC Canada this September. Look us up when we come to your area! See many of you at the Okanagan Organic Festival! Look for our table!

Judge Rules GMOs Violate Environmental Law

(NaturalNews) For those of us wondering how bad the untested genetically modified food experiment is going to get before it gets any better, a ray of hope was just offered. A San Francisco judge, the very honorable, Judge Jeffrey White just ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service violated environmental law because of inadequate environmental testing of genetically modified sugar beets. He ruled that the agency failed to see if the genetically altered beets would eventually share their funky pesticide proof genes with other crops. Judge White noted that pollen from sugar beets can be blown long distances and pollinate other crops, including table beets and chard.

White wrote, “The potential elimination of farmers’ choice to grow non-genetically engineered crops, or consumers’ choice to eat non-genetically engineered food … has a significant effect on the human environment.”

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