Action Alert: Stop GM Alfalfa

March 31st, 2013


Come join us for a day of action. Consumers and farmers unite to protect our food supply.

Meet at 12 noon sharp at 1 Stone Road West, Guelph where we will march to Monsanto’s Office, a short block away and at 1pm a delegation of people will leave the rally to deliver petitions and meet with Guelph M.P. Frank Valeriote.
Similar actions are happening in at least 12 communities in Ontario and 8 in other provinces to support our farmers.

“Pay and park” on south and north side of OMAF building or free at Canadian Tire 2 blocks west on Stone Rd.
This action is hosted by the National Farmers Union Local 340
Council of Canadians Guelph Chapter
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network,
OPIRG-Guelph
Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice.
The Day of Action to Stop GM Alfalfa was called by the National Farmers Union-Ontario. There will be short speeches, chants and march
to Monsanto’s office nearby.
Street food cooked by by local restaurant Artisanale!

Why:
Consumers join farmers to stop GM alfalfa on the Day of Action called by the National Farmers Union-Ontario.

The company Forage Genetics International has applied Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) herbicide tolerant Roundup Ready technology to alfalfa. Canada approved GM alfalfa for health and environmental release in 2005 but there is one more step before GM alfalfa can be commercially released in Canada: variety registration from the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency. This step could be completed as early as this spring.

Alfalfa (commonly harvested as hay) is a high-protein forage fed to animals like dairy cows, beef cattle, lambs, poultry and pigs. It‘s also used to build nutrients and organic matter in the soil, making it particularly important for organic farming.

Alfalfa is a perennial plant that is insect pollinated and if GM alfalfa is commercially released, GM alfalfa will inevitably cross-pollinate with non-GM and organic alfalfa and threaten the livelihoods of family farmers in Ontario and across Canada. As prairie alfalfa seed growers and farmers have already rejected GM alfalfa, the seed industry now says they only want to introduce GM alfalfa into Eastern Canada.

More Information:
For information on the Day of Action: www.cban.ca/april9
For Guelph Action Info and Posters: www.cban.ca/april9guelph
For more information on GM Alfalfa: www.cban.ca/alfalfa
Local inquires: Donna Jennison halojen@rogers.com halojen@rogers.com 519-821-0761
Other inquiries: Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network 613 241 2267 ext 25 coordinator@cban.ca

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