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.
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.