Joan posted a recent article called ‘Ubuntu – I am because We are‘ giving some of the reasons we think it’s important to avoid GMO’s. In food, clothing or anything else you touch. Voting with your dollar is the most direct form of activism, and has important ramifications to your health and wellness. Let’s face it, if everyone stopped buying GM foods or products, their business would fail, and the good guys would win.
It’s not always easy, but options are there.
Local farmers and producers are fighting for their rights to farm and manufacture properly, sustainably, organically, biodynamically, and so on. It’s up to us to support them.
But it’s getting harder for them. With the introduction of feed crops like GM alfalfa, it’s getting more difficult to access good, safe feed for livestock, and more difficult to track.
Approval for GM Alfalfa is pending, and could pass this month. Get out and voice your support for our local farmers!
Day of Action against GM Alfalfa
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Noon until 1 PM
Where – MP Office of Stephen Harper – 1600 – 90th Avenue SW, Suite A-203 Calgary, Alberta T2V
The GM Alfalfa Issue
Monsanto’s GM alfalfa could be registered for use in Eastern Canada this April. GM Roundup Ready alfalfa varieties have just been cleared for the last step before they hit the market – all they need now is a final registration rubber-stamp by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The Canadian Seed Trade Association and its corporate members including Monsanto, Pioneer and Forage Genetics International are also actively trying to get support for the release of GM alfalfa.
Come out to show your support for Canadian farmers and say No to GM Alfalfa!
Make a sign, bring a banner, bang a drum, bring signed petitions – any positive support you can lend to this rally will be a step in the right direction for rejecting corporate agricultural control and the genetic pollution caused by genetically modified organisms!
Why is GM Alfalfa Such a Huge Threat?
GM contamination is inevitable because alfalfa is a perennial crop pollinated by insects. In Ontario, weeds are becoming resistant to glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup): another glyphosate tolerant crop like Roundup Ready alfalfa would increase these weeds. Alfalfa is almost always grown in a mix with grasses and establishes readily without the use of herbicides. Farmers don’t want or need Roundup Ready alfalfa. If genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered or GE) alfalfa is released in Eastern Canada it will have negative impacts on a wide range of farmers and farming systems, both conventional and organic. For more information see www.cban.ca/alfalfa
Why is Alfalfa Important?
Alfalfa (commonly harvested as hay) is a high-protein forage fed to animals like dairy cows, beef cattle, lambs, poultry and pigs. It’s also used to build nutrients and organic matter in the soil, making it particularly important for organic farming. If it’s introduced, GM alfalfa will ruin export markets for alfalfa products, contaminate family farms, make it more difficult for farmers to control weeds, and threaten the future of organic food and farming in Canada.