Important Update on GM alfalfa from CBAN

Important Update on GM alfalfa from CBAN

Postby Oscar » Tue Apr 05, 2016 3:30 pm

Important Update on GM alfalfa from the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)

[ http://www.cban.ca/Resources/Topics/GE- ... et/Alfalfa ]

April 5, 2016

Dear Friends of Farming,

In 2012 and 2013, your actions delayed the introduction of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa. Now we need your support again.

Farmers and consumers in Canada are facing the new reality of a limited release of GM alfalfa seeds this Spring. In a rushed move, the company Forage Genetics International has sold a limited amount of GM alfalfa seeds in Eastern Canada. This first sale is enough to produce up to 5000 acres of hay.

This is the first time that GM alfalfa seeds have ever been sold in Canada and we need your help to stop any future sales. Further sales have the potential to harm the viability of many family farms, if contamination becomes widespread.

Traditionally, alfalfa (in pasture and hay) feeds many farm animals, including dairy cows. It is a fundamental part of producing many of the foods we eat. Many types of farmers, including organic farmers, rely on alfalfa and many farmers in Canada also grow alfalfa seed for domestic and export markets. GM alfalfa contamination on these farms would be a serious threat to many livelihoods and threaten the integrity of our food chain.

Please help CBAN, in collaboration with concerned farmers across Canada, to stop any further release of GM alfalfa.

Join us by writing to the new federal Minister of Agriculture.
Visit our website or click this link for immediate action today: [ http://www.cban.ca/alfalfaletter2016 ]

You can also send a Provincial action letter, check our page to take instant action: [ http://www.cban.ca/alfalfaaction2016 ]

For updates and future actions please stay tuned to [ http://www.cban.ca/alfalfa ]

Please donate today to support our work to protect family farms from GM alfalfa contamination [ http://www.cban.ca/donate ]

See below for more information or check CBAN’s full update at [ http://www.cban.ca/alfalfa ]

Thank you for your support and effort! Together, we are stronger.
Sincerely, Tom Rudge, CBAN Steering Committee Chair and Yukon organic farmer

Farmers across Canada are already making a difference! They need your support.

March 24, 2016: The National Farmers Union has appealed to the federal Minister of Agriculture, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, to stop GM alfalfa seed sales.
[ http://www.nfu.ca/story/nfu-calls-immed ... les-canada ]

March 15, 2016: The Alberta Association Of Municipal Districts & Counties has passed a resolution to prevent genetically modified alfalfa from being introduced to the province. The resolution will be sent to the province for consideration. It asks the province and the federal government to work with farmers to prevent the introduction of GM alfalfa until there is a demand for the product in Alberta’s export markets.

Background

Alfalfa is a perennial crop that is pollinated by bees, and it has tiny seeds. This makes contamination a serious concern if GM alfalfa is widely released. The company called Forage Genetics International has sold one limited batch of genetically modified alfalfa seeds in Eastern Canada for spring 2016 planting. These seeds use Monsanto’s GM traits for glyphosate tolerance and low-lignin: the two traits are “stacked" together in the one plant.

For more details, updates and more action see [ http://www.cban.ca/alfalfa ]

Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)
Collaborative Campaigning for Food Sovereignty and Environmental Justice
Suite 206, 180 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2P 1P5
Phone: 613 241 2267 ext. 25
Fax: 613 241 2506
coordinator@cban.ca
[ http://www.cban.ca ]
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Check out the six reports in the GMO Inquiry! [ http://www.gmoinquiry.ca ]

Donate today [ http://www.cban.ca/donate ]
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