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Mar 22, 2010
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Action Alert. Please distribute widely.

Action Alert #2:

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 
http://www.cban.ca/474action  Take action this week! before March 29, 2010.

Your actions gave the Bill another chance! 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 
http://www.cban.ca/474action

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 
http://www.cban.ca/474action  Take action before March 29, 2010.

Bill C-474 was introduced by Alex Atamanenko, the NDP Agriculture Critic and MP for British Columbia Southern Interior.

For updates, more info and action options  see 
http://www.cban.ca/474 or contact Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network coordinator@cban.ca 613 241 2267 ext. 6

This action alert was issued by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) 
http://www.cban.ca


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 
coordinator@cban.ca 
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Posted: Mar 22, 2010 10:13am
Mar 4, 2010
Focus: Health
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Location: Canada

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Updates and New Actions on GE Alfalfa:  Over 200,000 people from the US and Canada sent critical comments to the USDA!

Thank you to everyone who sent comments to the USDA. 

CBAN also collected signatures from 103 Canadian farmers and consumer groups that were added to the US National Organic Coalition sign-on list. Our Canadian signatures were 1/3rd of that list!

Your actions are still needed - over the next two months, we can stop GE alfalfa! 

You can take new action to stop GE alfalfa! - Write your MP today from http://cban.ca/Take-Action/Support-Bill-C-474  

March and April will be decisive for the future of alfalfa in Canada and the US:

March 17: Bill C-474 will be debated! - Write your MP today from http://cban.ca/Take-Action/Support-Bill-C-474  The Bill will require that “an analysis of potential harm to export markets be conducted before the sale of any new genetically engineered seed is permitted.” This Bill would create a concrete obstacle to GE alfalfa and GE wheat. This Bill could pass if enough Canadians write to their MPs before March 17 (this date could change).

March 30: The Canadian government and seed industry will meet to change the regulations that would allow GE alfalfa onto the market! CBAN will be there.

April 27: CBAN will support the fight against Monsanto's challenge in the U.S. Supreme Court. Monsanto is seeking to end the injunction on GE alfalfa plantings at the U.S. Supreme Court. This case will have implications for all future court cases that aim to stop GE plantings in the U.S..
Please stay tuned for action alerts. 

Thank you for your continued action and support at this critical time, 
Best regards,
Lucy Sharratt,
Coordinator,
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network
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Posted: Mar 4, 2010 11:23am
Jan 20, 2010
Focus: Health
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Location: United States

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Appeal to farmers and consumers - Act now to stop GM alfalfa.

Send your comments to the US Department of Agriculture by February 16, 2010.

Its not yet legal for Monsanto to sell its GM alfalfa seeds in Canada but a US injunction on planting in that country could soon be overturned. If GM alfalfa is planted in the US, it will quickly contaminate our food system as well as Canadian alfalfa crops. It will also lead to the legalization of GM alfalfa in Canada (Canada approved Monsanto's GM Roundup Ready alfalfa in 2005 but it still needs variety registration as a last step before commercialization here).

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA ) was court-ordered to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS ) on alfalfa and GM alfalfa plantings were halted until this EIS was satisfactorily completed. This draft EIS is now out for comment until February 16. Farmers and their organizations in Canada are encouraged to send comments about the expected impact of GM alfalfa contamination. Consumers are also asked to express their concern.

Our strong action could stop GM alfalfa and result in an unprecedented ruling about the real contamination risks of GM.

Please take one of these three actions:

1. Send comments from the web: Our partner in the US, The Center of Food Safety, has launched an action where consumers and farmers can send comments from their website 
http://ga3.org/campaign/alfalfaEIS

2. Coordinate with us to write your substantial comments - Please also send us your comments and cc them to the Minister of Agriculture and Agriculture Critics from other Parties. Contact Lucy Sharratt, CBAN Coordinator at 613 241 2267 ext.6 or coordinator@cban.ca

3. Sign your group to the "No to GMO Alfalfa" statement http://www.cban.ca/alfalfa

The "No to GMO Alfalfa" Campaign in Canada is coordinated by the Organic Agriculture Protection Fund of the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate and the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network

For more information:  
http://www.cban.ca/alfalfa 
613 241 2267 ext. 6

Tell the US Government That You Care About GE Contamination of Organic Food!

In 2006, the Center for Food Safety (CFS ) sued the Department of Agriculture (USDA ) for its illegal approval of Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE ) Roundup Ready alfalfa.  The federal courts sided with CFS and banned GE alfalfa until the USDA fully analyzed the impacts of the plant on the environment, farmers, and the public in a rigorous analysis known as an environmental impact statement (or EIS ). USDA released its draft EIS on December 14, 2009.  A 60-day comment period is now open until February 16, 2010.  This is the first time the USDA has done this type of analysis for any GE crop.  Therefore, the final decision will have broad implications for all GE crops.

CFS has begun analyzing the EIS and it is clear that the USDA has not taken the concerns of non-GE alfalfa farmers, organic dairies, or consumers seriously.  USDA’s preliminary determination is to once again deregulate GE alfalfa without any limitations or protections for farmers or the environment. Instead USDA has completely dismissed the fact that contamination will threaten export and domestic markets and organic meat and dairy products.  And, incredibly, USDA is claiming that there is no evidence that consumers care about such GE contamination of organic!

USDA also claims that consumers will not reject GE contamination of organic alfalfa if the contamination is unintentional or if the transgenic material is not transmitted to the end milk or meat product, despite the fact that more than 75% of consumers believe that they are purchasing products without GE ingredients when they buy organic.

USDA claims that Monsanto’s seed contracts require measures sufficient to prevent genetic contamination, and that there is no evidence to the contrary. But in the lawsuit requiring this document, the Court found that contamination had already occurred in the fields of several Western states with these same business-as-usual practices in place!

USDA predicts that the approval of GE alfalfa would damage family farms and organic markets, yet doesn’t even consider any limitations or protections against this scenario.  Small, family farmers are the backbone and future of American agriculture and must be protected. Organic agriculture provides many benefits to society: healthy foods for consumers, economic opportunities for family farmers and urban and rural communities, and a farming system that improves the quality of the environment. However, the continued vitality of this sector is imperiled by the complete absence of measures to protect organic production systems from GE contamination and subsequent environmental, consumer, and economic losses.

Tell USDA That You DO Care About GE Contamination of Organic Crops and Food! 
http://ga3.org/campaign/alfalfaEIS

This alert was published by the Organic Agriculture Protection Fund of the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate and the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network. January 2010.
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 
coordinator@cban.ca 

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Posted: Jan 20, 2010 5:09am
Nov 19, 2009
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Minister of Agriculture, Gerry Ritz: Incorrect and alarming statements about Terminator in Canada

Our Minister of Agriculture has made incorrect statements on Terminator technology to Chinese officials - he stated that Canadian canola is Terminator! But this is absolutely wrong as Terminator has never been field tested or commercialized anywhere in the world.

On November 5th, the Manitoba Cooperator reported that the Minister said he told Chinese officials that they need not fear Chinese farmers growing Canadian canola because the seeds will not grow: “I assured them that with the varieties we have now, it’s not going to work because they all have Terminator seeds in them...”

Apparently Canada's Minister of Agriculture does not know what Terminator technology is, does not know that there is an international moratorium on Terminator, and has not paid attention to the thousands of letters and postcards opposing Terminator sent by Canadians over the past 4 years.

The Minister's statement leads us to ask: Why is the Minister not correctly informed about this highly controversial GM technology? What is the Government's true position on Terminator? Would the Conservative Government support the use of Terminator seeds if the technology was available?

We need to demand that the Minister correct his statements to Chinese officials and state the Government's opposition to Terminator.

TAKE ACTION

Please write to Hon. Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food to ask him to state the Government's opposition to Terminator. Ask the Government to continue supporting the international moratorium and to establish a ban on Terminator in Canada.

You can also send an instant email to the Prime Minister from
www.cban.ca/terminatoraction

For details please read below and refer to www.cban.ca/terminator

DETAILS

The Minister made statements to Chinese officials regarding Terminator technology – seeds genetically engineered to be sterile after first planting - that lead to serious questions about the reliability of the Minister’s information as well as the Government’s position on Terminator.

Terminator technology is technically called Genetic Use Restriction Technology or GURTS and is often referred to as “suicide seeds”. By switching off the fertility of seeds, it is designed to stop farmers from saving and replanting seeds, with the aim of fostering farmer dependence on the seed market. Terminator is extremely dangerous and is globally highly controversial.

On November 5th, the Manitoba Cooperator reported that the Minister said he told Chinese officials that they need not fear Chinese farmers growing Canadian canola because the seeds will not grow: “I assured them that with the varieties we have now, it’s not going to work because they all have Terminator seeds in them ... ” ("Other motives speculated for move to block imports due to blackleg, Minister Says Canadian Canola Doesn’t Sprout", Thursday, November 05, 2009, Allan Dawson, Manitoba Co-operator)

This statement is factually incorrect as Terminator has not been commercialized, or field-tested, in any country. More importantly, there is an international moratorium on Terminator at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity – a moratorium that was
established in 2000 and strengthened in 2006.

Minister Ritz is misrepresenting Canadian agriculture and raising alarm on the world stage. The Minister is also adding to international suspicion of Canadian GM regulation and Canadian exports at a time of market crisis for farmers that is directly related to GM crops:

o Europe has closed its doors to Canadian flax due to
contamination with GM flax.
www.cban.ca/flax

o Canada rubber-stamped approval for the eight-trait GM corn SmartStax in a way that is not consistent with European regulations. www.cban.ca/corn

o Monsanto withdrew its submission for approval in Europe of the high lysine GM corn LY038 approved in Canada, because European authorities requested additional food safety data.

For more information:
www.cban.ca/terminator

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
coordinator@cban.ca
www.cban.ca

Join the Global Rejection of GE Wheat! www.cban.ca/GEwheat

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