Saturday, April 6, 2013

STOP GM ALFALFA


     We need to act urgently to stop the spread of genetically modified food products.  The effects of gm seeds are untested and the spread of gm seeds to non gm farms through cross pollination is inevitable.  The effects of gm crops on bees is devastating.  The systemically toxic nature of BT Corn, roundup resistant crops and neonicotinoid pesticides has resulted in significant bee colony losses.  

     "Farmers from across Canada describe how genetically engineered (genetically modified or GM) alfalfa would affect them. Do farmers need GM alfalfa? This year there is a new industry push to pave the way to introduce GM alfalfa into Canada. The company Forage Genetics wants to sell GM alfalfa seeds in Canada (seeds with Monsanto's Roundup Ready herbicide tolerant trait). Its not legal to sell GM alfalfa seeds in Canada until Forage Genetics gets variety registration. In October 2012, the industry group called the Canadian Seed Trade Association began to push a plan for "co-existence" of GM and non-GM alfalfa, to pave the way to introduce GM alfalfa in Canada via Ontario. However, "co-existence" is not possible - GM alfalfa cannot be controlled but will contaminate farmers' fields across the country. Take action today or find out more info at www.cban.ca/alfalfa.





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