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The Canadian General Standards Board  (CGSB) Manager Patricia Wait confirmed today that the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) will invest $600,000 to support the full review of the Canadian Organic Standards (General Principles and Management Standards CAN/CGSB-32.310-2006 and Permitted Substances Lists CAN/CGSB-32.311-2006).

U.S. household survey finds one-third choose organic foods to avoid GMOs

Contact: Barbara Haumann ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 802-275-3820)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 19, 2013)—Results from the latest consumer survey conducted for the Organic Trade Association (OTA) reveal that as U.S. families are becoming increasingly aware of the presence of unlabeled genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in foods in the marketplace, they turn to organic as the food labeled by law to not have been made with genetically engineered ingredients.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 09:59

Stop GM Alfalfa!

GM alfalfa is a serious threat to organic farming. Organic farmers rely on alfalfa - organic dairy and livestock farmers in particular. Once planted bees will cross-pollinate GM Alfalfa and regular alfalfa, causing contamination. Organic rules do not allow for GM crops or animal feed, and the result will be loss of organic certification, loss of livelihood of many organic farmers and a significant reduction in organic products available to consumers. GM alfalfa may be registered as early as this spring.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STOP GM ALFALFA

1) Download the petition below, sign it, get others in your community to sign it, and hand it over to your MP. Also download the Talking Points document below, and share them with your friends and neighbours.

2) Coordinate an hour of action at your local MPs office on April 9th from 12-1pm. Currently there are events being organized in Edmonton, Calgary and the Peace region. To attend or get involved in those events, for Edmonton contact Dana at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , for Calgary contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and for the Peace contact Soames at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

To organize an event in your area, please download the flyer below for more details, and contact Lucy Sharatt at the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Lucy is the main point of contact for coordination of local events at MP offices and will provide you with support.

3) Send a letter to your MP and to Agricutlure Minister Gerald Ritz telling them how important alfalfa is to your operation, your business, and/or your consumer right to choose organic, and asking him to stop the registration of GM alfalfa varieties in Canada. Send letters to: The Honourable Gerry Ritz Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada 1341 Baseline Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C5 Fax: 613-773-1081

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Friday, 01 March 2013 18:17

GM alfalfa may be planted in spring

Lucy Sharatt from the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network has just confirmed that the Ontario Forage Crop Committee has recommended up to 6 Roundup Ready alfalfa varieties for registration and there are more on the table - this means that seed distribution companies now will ask the CFIA for registration of those varieties and could get final registration in time for spring planting. The registration could happen this month.

Re: Canada's organic free-for-all could spread worldwide, Opinion, Feb. 14

by: George Da Pont President, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

I would like to clarify several inaccuracies in the article.

Firstly, all foods sold in Canada (whether traditional or organic, imported or domestically produced), must comply with regulatory requirements to ensure the health and safety of Canadians.

Friday, 01 March 2013 15:51

Insecticides pose risk to honeybees

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has identified risks posed to bees by three neonicotinoid insecticides. These include exposure from residues in nectar and pollen in the flowers of treated plants, and exposure from dust produced during the sowing of treated seeds or the application of granules.

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