Friday, 25 January 2013 16:42

GM Alfalfa Campaign Update

After delaying the release of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa in Canada for 7 years, the biotech and seed industry is making a final play to commercialize GM alfalfa this year via Ontario and Quebec. GM alfalfa, with Monsanto’s Roundup Ready herbicide tolerance trait, was actually approved in Canada in 2005 but it cannot legally be sold as seed until the company Forage Genetics requests variety registration for the seed (that uses Monsanto's Roundup Ready technology). 

A 10-year ban on genetically modified foods in Peru came into effect this week, state news agency Andina reported.

Peru’s executive has approved the regulations for the law that prohibits the importation, production and use of GMO foods in the country.

Friday, 25 January 2013 16:23

Bring Mandatory GMO Labeling To Canada

In Canada, there is currently a private member's bill C-257 introduced by NDP (recently had its first reading in Parliament) to require mandatory GMO labelling RIGHT HERE IN THIS COUNTRY. All Canadians need to show support for this Bill. We need an equivalent Prop 37 marketing campaign! Email Gerry Ritz, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food, to express your support of Bill C-257 at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sign the petition here.

by Mike Hornick

Demand for organic and local farm products ranks high among retail shoppers, but a new study finds most are more willing to pay premiums elsewhere in the store.

Friday, 25 January 2013 16:06

New Canada-Switzerland Organic Equivalency

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced on December 24, 2012 that an arrangement on trade in organic products was reached between Canada and Switzerland.

Canada has similar arrangements with the United States and European Union.
Canada-Switzerland Organic Equivalency Recognition - Guidance Document for Canadian Importers and Exporters.

by Robert Arnason

Leaning across a book-signing table from David Suzuki, Sid Stevenson, a young farmer from Kenton, Man., listened carefully to Canada’s most famous environmentalist and his thoughts on modern agriculture.

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