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May 18, 2010
Focus: Health
Action Request: Write E-Mail
Location: Canada
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Write to the Minister of Health instantly from http://www.cban.ca/enviropigaction
 
Health Canada could soon approve the first genetically modified (GM) animal for human consumption. The University of Guelph has applied for food safety approval of its GM pig - they call it “Enviropig™”.
 
The GM pig contains genetic material from a mouse and E-coli bacteria, and is engineered to excrete less phosphorus in its feces. Its owners claim that “Enviropig™” can reduce water pollution caused by excess pig manure that comes from industrial factory farms. A GM pig is not needed to solve this problem. Pigs can be raised without causing phosphorus pollution - by making changes to production practices or using an enzyme feed supplement that helps pigs digest grains.
 
“Enviropig™” is not needed by farmers and is not wanted by consumers. “Enviropig™” is unacceptable and will harm the markets for Canada’s hog producers at a time of severe economic crisis in the industry.
 
Health Canada is wasting precious public resources trying to assess the safety of a GM animal that no one wants. Health Canada does not have the capacity to regulate this complex technology for human safety.
 
Write to the Minister of Health today from http://www.cban.ca/enviropigaction and tell her that GM animals are not acceptable in our food system. Tell her that you don’t want to eat “Enviropig™”
 
For more information on “Enviropig™” and how you can join the campaign visit http://www.cban.ca/enviropig 
 
This action alert was issued May 18 2010, by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network www.cban.ca in partnership with Beyond Factory Farming www.beyondfactoryfarming.org Join us in building the campaign. http://www.cban.ca/enviropig
 

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 

Take action to Stop "Envriopig™": No GM Animals http://www.cban.ca/enviropig
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Posted: May 18, 2010 10:21am
May 6, 2010
Food Inc. You’ll never look at dinner the same way!

How much do we really know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families?  Food, Inc. filmmakers lift the veil on the food industry for a close and shocking look at the not so savory underbelly of the US food industry, well hidden from everyday consumers.

We’re much better off here in Canada – or are we?

Join the Climate Change Action Group of Erin and Credit Valley Conservation for an exposé on the industrialization of our food system and its effect on our environment, health, and economy.

Thursday, May 20
Film starts at 7:00 pm sharp! (doors open at 6:30)
Erin Canadian Legion Hall
12 Dundas St. East, Erin

FREE admission, plus great prizes and organic popcorn too!
Film Sponsored by Treehaven Natural Foods in honour of Helen Lakusta

For more information contact:
Liz Armstrong, Climate Change Action Group of Erin 519-833-4676, ext. #1
Lisa Brusse, Credit Valley Conservation 905-670-1615 Ext. 444

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Posted: May 6, 2010 7:33am
Mar 22, 2010
Focus: Health
Action Request: Write E-Mail
Location: Canada
E-mal received from CBAN:
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
Oct 15, 2009
Focus: Health
Action Request: Phone Call
Location: Canada

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ACTION ALERT

Take Action on Friday October 16, 2009

Call on the Minister of Health to Stop Monsanto’s GM “SmartStax” corn.

Health Canada did not assess the safety of Monsanto’s new eight-trait genetically modified (GM) “SmartStax” corn. Tell the Minister of Health that this is unacceptable.

Call her office in Ottawa on Friday October 16: 613 992 2848 - Hon. Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health or send an instant email from
http://www.cban.ca/content/view/full/540

You can also call your Member of Parliament…

Friday is World Food Day but is also the first “International Day Against Multinational Corporations” called for by La Via Campesina, the global movement of small scale farmers – this year the focus is on Monsanto and GM crops!

BACKGROUND:

Health Canada did not assess the safety of “SmartStax” GM corn. Health Canada does not classify “SmartStax” as a “Novel Food” because it has already approved the eight single GM traits that are in “SmartStax” individually in earlier crops. Health Canada says that combining eight GM traits together in one food does not create any new risks and does not need any safety evaluation. Health Canada did not even bother to rubber-stamp “SmartStax” – it was approved for release by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, without Health Canada.

TALKING POINTS:

All new GM foods should be assessed by Health Canada for potential health risks.

Combining eight GM traits together can result in unintended effects and these problems won’t be found if we don’t look for them.

Approving GM “SmartStax” corn without any safety assessments for human health is irresponsible and unacceptable.

There is no mandatory labeling of GM foods in Canada so Health Canada can’t even trace any potential health impacts.

Health Canada is supporting Monsanto instead of looking out for the health of Canadians.

The Minister of Health should ask the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to withdraw its approval for “SmartStax”, until Health Canada assesses its safety for human consumption.

“SmartStax” corn should not become part of our food until Health Canada takes a close look at potential health risks.

There needs to be a national review and debate about all the
regulations for GM foods as they are inadequate and outdated.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.cban.ca/corn or call 613 241 2267 ext. 6

This action alert was issued by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network

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