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.
On March 3, 2011, after huge public pressure over Bill C-474, Liberal members of the House of Commons Agriculture Committee tabled a motion calling for a moratorium on the approval of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa in Canada. Organic food and farming in the U.S. and Canada is under immediate threat from GE alfalfa. Conventional farmers will also lose their markets.
Farmers like genetically modified (GM) crops because they can plant them, spray them with herbicide and then there is very little maintenance until harvest. Farmers who plant Monsanto's GM crops probably don't realize what they bargain for when they sign the Monsanto Technology Stewardship Agreement contract. One farmer reportedly 'went crazy' when he discovered the scope of the contract because it transfers ALL liability to the farmer or grower.
Here's another reason the recent approval of GMO alfalfa and sugar beets was a bad idea: researchers claim that Roundup Ready GE crops contain an organism, completely unknown until now, that has been shown to cause miscarriages in farm animals.
Thursday, March 3, 2011. Ottawa - Today in the House of Commons, New Democratic Party Fisheries and Oceans Critic Fin Donnelly tabled a motion asking for transparency and more study before genetically modified (GM) Atlantic salmon are approved for human consumption.