National Farmers Union Press Release
JANUARY 18, 2010
GRAIN COMPANIES EXPLOIT FLAX SITUATION TO
TIGHTEN VISE ON FARMER SEED SAVING
SASKATOON, SK: Grain company Viterra wants to force all farmers wishing
to grow flax in 2010 to purchase certified seed. A Viterra spokesman
delivered that message in a presentation on January 11 at the Crop
Production Show in Saskatoon.
Viterra and others are pushing the requirement for certified seed as a
purported solution to the problem of the Triffid contamination in flax
shipments to Europe. Triffid is a genetically modified variety not
approved in Europe. But the NFU believes that the proposed certified
seed cure is the wrong one, and that there will be long-lasting and
negative side effects.