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Apr 17, 2010
Focus: Health
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Location: United States
Please circulate this call for action. Issued: April 17, 2010

April 17 is the International Day of Peasant Struggle called by La Via
Campesina, the international small-scale farmers movement, with the
theme “Say “No” to Corporate Control of Agriculture and Food.” Stop
Monsanto’s GE Alfalfa!

This April, take Action to stop contamination.

Send some tiny alfalfa seeds to your Member of Parliament! Tell the government to stop Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa. Help your Member of Parliament see how tiny alfalfa seeds really are – and why no one will be able to stop contamination if they allow Monsanto’s GE alfalfa in Canada.

Send a letter today to the Minister of Agriculture and your MP with a tiny alfalfa seed or two! Go to
http://www.cban.ca/alfalfa

1. Print out our sample letter or write your own letter to the Minister and/or to your MP.
2. Look up your MP’s mailing address at
www.parl.gc.ca.
3. Buy some organic alfalfa seeds at your local health food store.
Tape a few alfalfa seeds to your letter or draw a picture of this tiny
seed!
4. Post - No stamp necessary!

This action continues through the Spring –you can also:
• Organize a little alfalfa sprout stand at your local health food store (contact CBAN for an action kit).
• Screen the “The World According to Monsanto” for your community or
friends (order your copy from CBAN).

You can also work to support Bill C-474 in April and May – a Bill that
could stop GE alfalfa! For more information:
http://www.cban.ca/474

For more information on GE alfalfa: http://www.cban.ca/alfalfa.

Thank you for taking action to support Canadian farmers and stop Monsanto – in solidarity with small-scale farmers across the world.

Why is alfalfa important? Alfalfa seeds are tiny but play a huge role in food and farming - that means big trouble if GE alfalfa contaminates our crops. It’s not just the green sprouts in your sandwich – alfalfa is fed to dairy and beef cows, and organic farmers use it to improve soil fertility without chemical fertilizers. GE contamination of alfalfa would severely impact the entire food system.
As well as negatively affecting conventional grain growers and livestock farmers, GE alfalfa could end organic grain and livestock
farming as we know it.

What is the Day of Peasant Struggle? On April 17th 1996, nineteen landless Brazilian peasants who were defending their right to produce food by demanding access to land were massacred by the military police. Since the massacre at El Dorado dos Carajás, every year on this date actions are organised around the world by farmers’ organisations, communities, student groups, non-governmental organizations and activists, in order to demand food sovereignty and
peasants’ rights to produce food.
La Via Campesina says that transnational corporations (TNCs) “exacerbate poverty and economic recession, worldwide. As they
consolidate their control over lands and agricultural markets, TNCs expel small farmers and peasants from their lands and reduce employment opportunities in rural areas, thereby swelling urban slums with even more desperate and unemployed families. TNCs are making huge profits while hunger and poverty are on the rise.”
http://www.viacampesina.org

This action is called by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network and
endorsed by National Farmers Union
http://www.nfu.ca and Union
Paysanne
http://www.unionpaysanne.com , CBAN members who are also members of La Via Campesina.
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Posted: Apr 17, 2010 5:35am
Aug 13, 2009

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways , but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.


We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete...

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember, to say, 'I love you' to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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