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Genetically modified (GM) alfalfa is now legal to sell in Canada and companies could put it on the market this year – it is not yet on the market. The federal government is not listening to farmers and consumers. Two farmers have formally asked the Ontario government to carry out an environmental assessment of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa before the seed is sold in the province. You can support them by writing to your Premier today!  http://www.cban.ca/alfalfapremierletter

You can also give to the Organic Agriculture Protection Fund to support farmers taking on the challenge to stop GM alfalfa at http://oapf.saskorganic.com/donate.html
BC residents: Sign and share the petition to make all BC to go GE Free. All BC municipalities get together once a year and this year their Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Convention will be from the 16th-20th September in Vancouver. Metchosin, which is a GE Free zone, is putting forward a resolution at the Convention asking for all BC municipalities to support banning GE crops and animals. Here is the resolution: “that UBCM ask the British Columbia government to legislate the prohibition of importing, exporting and growing plants and seeds containing genetically engineered DNA, and raising GE animals within BC, and to declare, through legislation, that BC is a GE Free area in respect to all plant and animal species.” http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/vote-yes-for-a-ge-gmo-free-bc-at-the-ubcm-september-2013-convention?utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition
Constituents of West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country in BC! Your MP, John Weston, wants you to know that he received, certified, and tabled your petition to Stop GM Alfalfa in the House of Commons. The response to the petition from the Minister of Agriculture is posted here! Thank you for your action! http://www.cban.ca/content/view/full/1782
 
NEWS
CANADA: Canada geese may have spread viable seeds of experimental genetically modified wheat grown at the Central Experimental Farm, documents from Agriculture Canada show. And you say you can control GM alfalfa? http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Pooping+Canada+geese+have+spread+wheat+seeds/8698908/story.html Write your federal Member of Parliament today www.cban.ca/alfalfaMPletter 

INDIA: The Technically Empowered Committee appointed by the Supreme Court of India has categorically stated that the moratorium on genetically engineered crops must be imposed until the government comes out with a proper regulatory and safety mechanism.: “the examination/study of the safety dossiers, it is apparent that there are major gaps in the regulatory system. These need to be addressed before issues related to tests can be meaningfully considered. Till such time it would not be advisable to conduct more field trials” http://twocircles.net/2013jul23/supreme_court_committee_says_no_gm_crops.html 

ITALY: A decree has been signed in Italy which will ban Monsanto’s corn MON810, one of the two genetically engineered crops currently legally grown in Europe and sold commercially. The decree is not yet binding as it has to be published in the official gazette, but the public stands behind the three Italian ministers who put forth the document with a resounding 80%. Monsanto has already announced that it will withdraw all new applications to grow new genetically engineered crops in Europe. 

USA: 93% of Americans support labelling genetically engineered foods, according to a New York Times poll. A poll in Canada last year showed 91% in favour. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/28/science/strong-support-for-labeling-modified-foods.html
 
VIDEOS, ARTICLES 
 
Rachel ParentTeenager Rachel Parent won the day in a TV debate with CBC’s Kevin O’Leary. She had challenged him to a debate on the issue of genetic engineering as he was dismissive of concerns of GM foods. Rachel was great in the debate and informs the hosts that governments don’t do any testing of GM foods. http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/TV+Shows/Lang+%26+O%27Leary+Exchange/ID/2398966168/
Investing in Monsanto was panned in Globe and Mail: “the risk in Monsanto’s business is higher than ever…Consumer awareness over potential health issues is on the rise, as evidenced by the company’s actions in Europe. If this consumer behaviour grows around the world, Monsanto’s growth suffers, as does the share price.” http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/investment-ideas/strategy-lab/growth-investing/this-food-stock-has-a-bad-aftertaste/article13488677/#dashboard/follows/
 
Vandana Shiva and Frances Moore Lappé, members of the World Future Council and laureates of the Right Livelihood Award, tell us who really deserves the World Food Prize (not Monsanto). Watch them share their thoughts here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozsYign5n2Y#at=149 or read the full story in this article  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frances-moore-lappe-and-anna-lappe/choice-of-monsanto-betray_b_3499045.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozsYign5n2Y#at=149
 
The Epoch Times published a choppy but useful article on GMOs in Canada, highlighting some problems in Canadian regulation of genetically engineered crops. CBAN’s Coordinator says, since Health Canada has already approved so many GM foods, it is generally “reluctant to take new research seriously if it points out possible problems.” http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/208693-gmos-a-global-debate-canada-pushes-for-flexibility/
 
The BC government is spending money promoting the local, naturally slow-browning apple variety called Ambrosia, while not taking action (yet) to stop the genetically engineered “non-browning” apple! The GE non-browning apple is unnecessary and threatens the natural Ambrosia apple! http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2013/07/bc-consumers-to-hear-more-about-born-in-bc-ambrosia-apples.html 

 

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 
www.cban.ca

 

 

Stop GM Alfalfa – Email Your Premier today!  http://www.cban.ca/alfalfapremierletter

 

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