July 22, 2014
Take Action / Take Action
These are the current strategic actions we ask you to take with us. Thank you!
Stop the GM Apple
The small BC company called Okanagan Specialty Fruits has asked the Canadian and U.S. governments to approve a genetically modified (GM) “non-browning” apple. Contamination from GM apples threatens the future of our apples, and the farmers who grow them. The U.S. government took one more step towards approving the GM “non-browning” apple: On November 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture invited the public to comment on a draft environmental assessment of the GM apple.
- Visit your local grocery store and ask the manager to commit never to stock the GM apple. Click here for "Talking Points" to help you discuss the GM apple.
- Write to the head office of your grocery store and ask them to commit to keep GM apples out of the produce section. Click here for contacts.
No GM Fish
Environment Canada has approved the commercial production of GM Atlantic salmon eggs Prince Edward Island (PEI) (Nov 2013). The U.S. company AquaBounty has asked for approval of the GM Atlantic salmon for human consumption in the U.S., based on a plan to produce the GM fish eggs in Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada and ship them to Panama for grow-out and processing. The company claims the salmon grow to market-size twice as fast as other farmed salmon. The salmon are engineered with a growth hormone gene from Chinook salmon and genetic material from ocean pout (an eel-like creature). If approved, it would be the first GE food animal in the world.
Get GM Sweet Corn Out!
October, 2013: The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) tested sweet corn samples from across Canada and found unlabelled genetically engineered (also called genetically modified or GM) fresh sweet corn in grocery stores, roadside stands and farmers markets. CBAN testing clearly shows that consumers across Canada could be unknowingly buying GM sweet corn.
Write to the head office of your grocery store today! Check here for more info.
Stop GM Alfalfa
Farmers do not need or want GM alfalfa and have been trying to stop it for at least five years. Organic food and farming in the U.S. and Canada is under immediate threat from GM alfalfa. The introduction of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) herbicide tolerant (Roundup Ready) alfalfa would have serious negative impacts on many different types of farmers and farming systems, both conventional and organic. Because alfalfa is a perennial crop pollinated by bees, GM contamination is inevitable.
Alfalfa (harvested as hay) is used as high-protein feed for animals like dairy cows, beef cattle, lambs, poultry and pigs and is also used to build up nutrients in the soil, making it particularly important for organic farming. If introduced, GM alfalfa would ruin export markets for alfalfa products and threaten the future organic food and farming in the North America. Email your MP today!
Stop Legalized Contamination from Unapproved GM Foods: "Low Level Presence"
January 2013: The Canadian Government is proposing a new policy to allow contamination of our food supply with genetically engineered foods that have not been approved for safe eating in Canada. The Canadian government wants to allow imports with a percent, 0.1% or higher, contaminated with genetically modified (GM) foods that have not yet been approved by Health Canada for safe human consumption. The GM foods will have been approved for safety in at least one other country but not yet evaluated as safe by our own regulators. The federal government calls this “Low Level Presence” or LLP and argues that this “low level” of contamination is not harmful.
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