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.
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 http://www.cban.ca/474
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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cban.ca
Montreal Urgent Action: Friday June 4 Solidarity with Haiti’s Farmers
Union Payasanne, Action SOS Haiti, and the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network call on people in Montreal to gather outside the Haitian Consulate to express solidarity with Haitian peasant groups who are rejecting Monsanto’s donation of hybrid corn seeds. Haitian peasant farmers will march Friday June 4 in Haiti and are asking groups around the world to “Struggle Against Monsanto and its associates.”
DATE: Friday, June 4, 2010 TIME: 10:00 AM LOCATION: 1100, Boul. René Lévesque Ouest (corner of René Lévesque and Peel – Station Bonaventure)
This is a symbolic action in solidarity. A delegation will deliver a letter to the Haitian consulate in support of the farmers’ concerns.
Solidarity actions were called for by the Haitian Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) and supported by La Via Campesina. Please see below. (You can also check www.cban.ca/Monsanto and www.viacampesina.org)
The current political framework and the processes of economic integration carried out by governments and transnational capital together make it necessary for us to unify our vision and strengthen our action strategies against this new imperialist attack.
The earthquake which occurred in Haiti on the 12th January killed 300 000 people, injured 500 000 others and left thousands of people homeless…35 seconds made 3 million disaster victims. Haiti’s vulnerability in the face of natural catastrophes has many causes underlying which are the actions of the colonial and neo-colonial powers, principally Spain, France, United States, as well as the policies of the International Financial Institutions and of transnational corporations and the national groups holding political and economical power.
With their deadly gift to the Ministry of Agriculture of 475 tonnes of hybrid seeds, Monsanto and its accomplices are worsening the situation of the Haitian peasantry. This is a new earthquake; together with our national and international friends and the Via Campesina we must struggle against it. That is why, we, Haitian organizations members of the Via Campesina, are calling for a large-scale demonstration and march on June 4th 2010 at the Papay Peasant Movement “Lakay” training centre in Papaye. The primary goal of this mobilization is to “Struggle against Monsanto and its Accomplices in Haiti “. We will begin the demonstration by sowing native varieties of corn and planting trees in order to celebrate World Environment Day and to show once more our commitment to protect Haiti and the whole planet. After that, we will march, accompanied by the rhythm of drums, to Charlemagne Peralte de Hinche to burn Monsant’s seeds.
We are calling on all peasant organizations and national and international social movements to show their solidarity by participating, directly or indirectly, in this large-scale march against Monsanto. People who are not able to be present in Haiti can organize a solidarity action wherever they are. Those who are able to do so can interview the leaders of la Via Campesina in Haiti by telephone while the march is taking place:
Chavannes Jean Baptiste Mouvement Paysans de Papaye et membre du CCI : 509-34 55 15 86 Filfrant St. Nare Mouvement Paysans de Papaye (MPP): 509 34 46-23 82 Festil Pierre Doudou, Mouvman Peyizan National Kongrè Papay (MPNKP): 509 34 57 37 09 Rose Edith Raymonville, Mouvman Peyizan National Kongrè Papay (MPNKP: 509 3669-74 24 Rosenel Jean Baptiste, Tet Kole Ti peyizan Ayisyen (TK): 509 37 7 1 86 32 Iderle Brenus , Appuie Technique de la Via Campesina de la Caraibe : 509 3427- 5622
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,
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.
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.
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.
Ontario Nature thanks you for your contribution to the recent announcement regarding the protection of Ontario's northern boreal! On July 14, Premier McGuinty made a landmark commitment announcing that over half of Ontario's northern boreal will be protected from industrial development. It is the biggest protected areas announcement in Canada's history. The size of the area to be protected is approximately 225,000 square kilometres, which is more than 20 percent of the total land base of the entire province. Put another way, the protected area will be roughly the same size as the United Kingdom (or 140 million NHL hockey rinks).
This announcement could not have happened without your support and the support of thousands of others who told the provincial government that the boreal needs to be protected.. The Province listened and seized a unique opportunity to protect this vast and largely intact landscape, a vital breeding ground for millions of birds. You can help demonstrate solid public support for this announcement by sending the Premier a thank you note (a template letter is pasted below).
Decisions regarding which areas to protect from industrial development are to be based on sound conservation and the development of land-use plans across the region. The land-use planning process will allow for the full involvement of First Nations communities and consultations with stakeholders. Until land-use planning has been completed, no new logging or mining projects will be allowed to proceed in the region.
Ontario Nature will work with the provincial government to ensure that these ambitious goals are met, and that the areas protected include critical habitat for endangered and declining species such as the woodland caribou.
Dalton McGuinty, Premier Legislative Building Queen's Park Toronto ON M7A 1A1
Dear Premier McGuinty,
Thank you for your precedent-setting announcement to protect at least 50% of Ontario's northern boreal. Such protection is crucial for the millions of breeding birds and wide-ranging mammals like woodland caribou, wolverines and lynx that depend on the area. This announcement clearly demonstrates your dedication to sustaining this globally significant ecosystem for generations to come.
I am pleased to see that you will consult with scientists and First Nations communities in the development of community-based land use plans. I trust that planning and consultation will place equivalent value on meeting the needs of boreal birds and woodland caribou, whose populations have declined so dramatically.
I also commend you for undertaking the review of Ontario's antiquated Mining Act during this initiative. In addition to addressing important concerns regarding Aboriginal rights and claim staking, I anticipate that you will also address the need for adequate environmental assessments at each stage of the mining process.
I look forward to seeing this ambitious conservation process unfold and am happy to put my support behind it.
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