Barry Wilson - Western Producer 24 March 2011

This week, MPs on the House of Commons agriculture committee resumed debate on a Liberal motion to impose a moratorium on approval of genetically modified alfalfa varieties.

While organic producers and anti- GMO activists insist that Roundup Ready alfalfa be kept out of the Canadian market, the Liberal motion has some in the industry scratching their heads.

They have a question for the politicians debating the issue and media covering it: impose a moratorium on what exactly?

The debate is more than five years too late.

NEWS RELEASE 8 March 2011

GENEVA, 8 March 2011 – Small-scale farmers can double food production within 10 years in critical regions by using ecological methods, a new UN report* shows. Based on an extensive review of the recent scientific literature, the study calls for a fundamental shift towards agroecology as a way to boost food production and improve the situation of the poorest.

Barry Wilson - Western Producer

Federal Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff says he believes genetically modified products are not dangerous and he rejects proposals to restrict their use because of unsubstantiated consumer fears.

Thursday, 24 March 2011 08:53

Ag minister nixes GM alfalfa, for now

Barry Wilson - Western Producer

As MPs began debating a proposal for a moratorium on genetically modified alfalfa, agriculture minister Gerry Ritz said there is no prospect GM alfalfa will be approved.

Update: The Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food members met again on Thursday March 24th, and once again a vote was stalled. You can leave any comments you have on the Organic Federation of Canada blog.

Update: Wednesday March 23, 2011. Yesterday in Ottawa, Conservative members of the House of Commons Agriculture Committee again stalled a vote on a motion for a moratorium on the approval of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa.

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Deadline: March 31, 2011

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