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.
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
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.
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.
Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University have found an association between high urine levels of dichlorophenols, a chemical commonly used in pesticides but prohibited in organic agriculture, and food allergies.
Analyzing data from 74 field comparison studies measuring carbon levels in soils under organic and conventional farming systems throughout the world, international experts headed by scientists from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland have concluded that organic agriculture provides environmental benefits through carbon sequestration in soils.