Monday, March 29, 2010

You can stop GE Alfalfa and GE Wheat! (For Canucks Reading This Blog Tonite)

I received this in an email from Patty S. Remember Patty? She won the book...anyway...action on this needs to be taken today March 29th. Please read thru this and decide for yourselves....know what you eat.

Support Bill C-474 – before Monday March 29, 2010 - Support Canada’s Farmers!

You can stop GE Alfalfa and GE Wheat!

Write a letter to your MP instantly from Take action this week! before March 29, 2010.

Your actions stopped the Bill from being defeated on March 17. Private Members Bill C-474 will be debated for a second hour in Parliament March 29. The vote will happen a few days later. Even if you have already written your MP, you are encouraged to send another letter before March 29

Your concrete action could stop genetically engineered (GE) seeds from causing chaos in Canadian farming!

Bill C-474 would require that “an analysis of potential harm to export markets be conducted before the sale of any new genetically engineered seed is permitted.” The Bill could stop GE alfalfa and GE wheat.

This Bill is critically important because, as we know from experience, the introduction of new genetically engineered (GE) crops can cause economic hardship to farmers. Farmers are at risk when GE crops are commercialized in Canada without also being approved in our major export markets.

Flax farmers in Canada are now paying a heavy price because of this exact problem. Late last year, Canadian flax exports were discovered contaminated with a GE flax that is not approved in Europe or in any of our other export markets (except the U.S.). Flax farmers actually foresaw that GE contamination or even the threat of contamination would close their export markets. That's why they took steps in 2001 to remove GE flax from the market. Despite this measure, flax farmers were not protected. The GE flax contamination closed our export markets in 2009. It has created market uncertainty and depressed prices. Farmers are also paying for testing and cleanup and may be required to abandon their own farm-saved flax seed and buy certified seed instead. These costs are an unnecessary and preventable burden.

We cannot allow GE seeds to harm our export markets. Please support Bill C-474 and protect Canada’s farmers.

Write a letter to your MP instantly from Take action before March 29, 2010.

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Leo said...

I read through a number of things on the cban site, it's sad to think that even my sugar beets might be genetically engineered.
I used to be really informed but life got away with me, I'll try to check their site for petitions once and a while though.
Thanks for spreading the issue :)

Anonymous said...

Just signed the petition and passed it on to a number of friends. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Annie said...

Thank you both Leo and Foxglove for being interested in trying to do our part to stop this!

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