On April 9th, 2013, farmers, activists, and concerned consumers gathered in front of MP offices in 38 cities across Canada to protest the registration and commercialization of Genetically Modified Round-Up Ready Alfalfa.  While GM Alfalfa had been approved by Health Canada in 2005, the crop needed variety registration approval before it could be legally sold in Canada.  In addition to the rallies, over 8000 letters were sent directly to Ag Minister Gerry Ritz, and thousands of signatures were collected on a petition calling for a moratorium on GM Alfalfa.

Despite these efforts, according to the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN), GM Alfalfa has in fact been registered in Canada just this past week.  What this means is that Genetically Modified Round Up Ready seeds are now legalized for sale.

Tuesday, 02 July 2013 20:48

Video: Strong Demand for Organic Food

The market for organic food is growing rapidly. The latest data shows organic sales in Canada have tripled since 2006 to 3.7 billion dollars a year.

Matthew Holmes, Executive Director of the Canada Organic Trade Association said, “What we often deal with in the sector is not enough supply to meet that demand.  We’re constantly trying to find new organic farmers and suppliers.”

Click here to view the video.

By Carey Gillam, Reuters

Monsanto Co. on Monday won another round in a legal battle with U.S. organic growers as an appeals court threw out the growers' efforts to stop the company from suing farmers if traces of its patented biotech genes are found in crops.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a previous ruling that found organic growers had no reason to try to block Monsanto from suing them as the company had pledged it would not take them to court if biotech crops accidentally mix in with organics.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 08:40

GM Alfalfa Registered

GM Alfalfa Registered: Email your MP instantly from http://www.cban.ca/alfalfaMPletter

Our government is siding with multinational companies against the best interests of farmers and our food system. I do not accept this. Do you?

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On May 4, 2013, Manitoba proclaimed the Organic Agricultural Products Act (OAPA), making Manitoba the first province to pass a provincial organic law since the federal Organic Products Regulations (OPR) were passed in June 2009. Manitoba is now the third province with a provincial law that defines and controls the use of the word "organic" within the provincial context (both British Columbia and Quebec have laws that predate the OPR) and it is the first province to pass a law that "mirrors" the federal OPR.

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