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Jun 21, 2010
Focus: Health
Action Request: Write E-Mail
Location: Canada

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Let your MP know that on June 7th, alfalfa farmers told the House of Commons Agriculture Committee that they support the Bill C-474:

“Bill C-474 is the first step in offering some protection in the
future for Canadian family farms. Market acceptance must be made part of the evaluation process and incorporated into the Seeds Regulation Act.” - Kelvin Einarson, Director and Secretary Treasurer, Manitoba Forage Seed Association Inc.

Read a strong collection of quotes here:

This summer you can take action in your community to support Bill
C-474 and alfalfa farmers. MPs need to hear from you this Summer and then again in the Fall, before the final vote on Bill C-474. For
information and action options check

More excerpts from June 7th testimony:

“Forage producers support Bill C-474 because we believe it would have the ability to protect the alfalfa industry from the truly dangerous effects of introducing GMO varieties that are not approved by our customers.” - Jim Lintott, Chairman, Manitoba Forage Council.

“The bill is perfect the way it stands. It's a perfect requirement.
Why would you produce anything with no market for it?” - Jim Lintott, Chairman, Manitoba Forage Council.

“…the point is that we have a situation where we have a large
corporate entity that does not care about the farmer's ability to
market that product. They are moving that product, specifically the
Roundup Ready alfalfa, and pushing that thing through regardless of market resistance from the producer and the consumer end.” - Jim Lintott, Chairman, Manitoba Forage Council.

“In closing, it has been said that Bill C-474 will create another
layer of “red tape” for seed companies to go through in order to sell
seeds in Canada. I feel this is better than creating “red ink” on the
producer's bottom line.” - Kurt Shmon, President, Imperial Seed Ltd.

Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)
Collaborative Campaigning for Food Sovereignty and Environmental Justice
431 Gilmour Street, Second Floor
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2P 0R5
Phone: 613 241 2267 ext.6
Fax: 613 241 2506

Feb 3, 2009
Focus: Health
Action Request: Visit - online
Location: Canada

GM sugar beet planted!

Rogers Sugar/Lantic chose to bow to Monsanto and accept GM sugar beet - despite over 4000 emails, letters and cards from consumers asking them to stay GM-Free. GM sugar beets have been planted in Alberta and when they are harvested in the Fall of 2009, Rogers Sugar/Lantic will be selling Canadians GM sugar. Lantic Inc. is the only company in Canada that processes sugar beet. You may recognize the packaging from Rogers/Lantic – you may have some of their sugar in your kitchen cupboard.

You can take action:

1) Write to Cadbury (a Lantic customer) and ask them to source GM-Free Sugar!
2) Companies can sign on to the No-GM Beet Sugar Registry here!
3) Don't buy Rogers Sugar and Lantic brand sugar products:

Instead you can buy:

  • Organic Sugar from other companies (Lantic has its own brand of organic sugar)
  • Cane Sugar and products with cane sugar ingredients (cane sugar has not yet been genetically modified - though Monsanto plans to do this)
  • Redpath Sugar (all Redpath products use only cane sugar)
  • Other sweeteners like: Honey, Maple Syrup, Molasses

4) Contact your local bakery and chocolate company and ask them to stop buying Lantic sugar.


This sugar beet is genetically engineered to be resistant to Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup and is currently applied to sugar beet used for processing into sugar – as opposed to red table beets. GM sugar beets are wind pollinated, and there is a strong possibility that pollen from GM sugar beets could contaminate non-GM sugar beets as well as chard, and red and yellow beets (or “table beets&rdquo. Read the concerns in CBAN's letter to Lantic Inc.

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Posted: Feb 3, 2009 6:00am
May 7, 2008
Sierra Youth Coalition is organizing another amazing
political activism bike trip.

Fill a water bottle full of polluted water in the Athabasca
River and hand-deliver it to the oil executive of your
choice in Calgary.

Join us for the 2008 bike trip to raise awareness on this
most pressing issue! The tar sands are Canada's fastest
growing source of greenhouse gas emissions, and at the
current speed of development, could quickly become
Canada's greatest contributor to climate change. It is also
degrading Alberta's natural heritage with toxins and
clearcutting, and posing serious health threats to
communities in the region.

We will meet up in Edmonton on August 11th 2008 for
pre-departure training and workshops (mandatory). The
team will start the trip at Fort McMurray five days later
and head to Calgary, approximately 1000 kilometres
away. Arrival in Calgary is planned for September 3rd.


Please send an email to Youri (, read
the information sheet, statement of purpose and registration
which will be sent to you, and join us this summer!

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