A call for a Day of Action to Stop GM Alfalfa was issued by the National Farmers Union-Ontario.

A call for a Day of Action to Stop GM Alfalfa was issued by the National Farmers Union-Ontario.

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This call for a Day of Action to Stop GM Alfalfa was  issued by the National Farmers Union-Ontario.

WHEN: Tuesday April 9, 2013, 12 noon (sharp) to 1 pm
WHERE: Kingston, Ottawa (details below) and many other sites across eastern Canada

Bring your banners. Bring your voices. Together we can stop the release of GM alfalfa.

Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) alfalfa could be registered  for use in 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 rubber-stamp by the        Canadian Food Inspection Agency – at the Variety Registration  Office, 59 Camelot Drive in Ottawa!

Alfalfa is used to produce many of the foods we eat. Alfalfa (commonly harvested as hay) is high-protein feed for animals  like dairy cows, beef cattle, lambs, poultry and pigs. It’s also  used to build nutrients in the soil and is important for organic  farming. Because alfalfa is a perennial plant that is pollinated by bees, genetically modified alfalfa will inevitably cross-pollinate with non-GM and organic alfalfa, threatening the livelihoods of family farmers across Canada.

Transition Brockville considers this a vital food security  issue.

For info on the Day of Action April 9: www.cban.ca/april9
For  more information on GM Alfalfa: www.cban.ca/alfalfa

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 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.

What Else Can I Do to Help?

1. Come out on April 9! Bring your friends and family! Bring  your home-made sign.

2. Help spread the word about the action to groups in your community and ask them to get involved.
3. Help publicize the action in your community by putting up posters, handing out flyers, and posting through email and facebook. Materials are at www.cban.ca/april9
4.  Contact media to tell them about the Day of Action and encourage them to cover the rallies.
5. Collect signatures on the petition to stop GM alfalfa and bring them to the rally on April 9. See www.cban.ca/alfalfapetition
6.  Email, call or write your Member of        Parliament and the Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz on  April 9 – gerry.ritz@parl.gc.ca – Tel:  613-995-7080 – Fax: 613-996-8472 – Mail (no postage required)  Hon. Gerry Ritz, House of Commons, Ottawa, ON,K1A 0A6
The following resolution was passed on March 2, 2013 at the NFU  Region 3 Convention/NFU-Ontario AGM:
“Be it resolved that the National Farmers Union – Ontario call  on farm organizations in Ontario and across Canada, other civil society organizations and concerned consumers to join NFU-O  members in a day of action against the release of GM alfalfa to be held at MP’s constituency offices on April 9, 2013.”

Kingston

Probably at Market Square, City Hall. Check here for        confirmation!
Hosted by NFU Local 316 – Frontenac, Lennox-Addington
Contact: Dianne Dowling at 613-546-0869 or dowling@kos.net

Ottawa

Office of Variety Registration, Canadian Food Inspection        Agency, 59 Camelot Drive (Nepean) off Merivale Rd near West Hunt        Club
Hosted by NFU Local 362 – Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Ottawa,        Prescott-Russell; 310 – Lanark
Contact: Lucy Sharratt info@cban.ca 613 241 2267   ext 25
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jules
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Folks all of you out there if you can find this particular book get it and read it on the GMO Foods it will open your eyes believe me. The book is called “Seeds of Deception” by William F. Engdall and there are a few people who wrote it. I told an Aussie friend of mine about it and she found it at her library and found it to be mighty helpful. She made a garden at her house to be able to feed her 5 children and herself on what she grew instead of buying high priced goods that… Read more »
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Everything that is written here in the column that Jamie put out is all true folks and more. You have to read that book to fully understand the full thing. Go to the meeting if you can and you will be more awakened listening to it. I know Hunt Club West and Merivale very well. I went there so many times that it is unreal. Camelot Drive has to be inside of one of those streets and I would have to look that up. This will awaken all of you folks and I encourage all of you who can make… Read more »
jules
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One more thing my brother in law has been growing organic ever since he had his house in Australia – Sydney that is and he was in that house since 1980. At Easter my sister in law was making me hungry about the things that they ate from their garden.

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