April 30, 2016
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These are the current strategic actions we ask you to take with us. Thank you!
Stop GM Alfalfa
April 2016: Your protests in 2012 and 2013 delayed the introduction of GM alfalfa, but a limited amount of GM alfalfa has just been sold for spring 2016 planting.
The introduction of genetically modified (GM) 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. Click here for more information and action.
GM potato approved
March 2016: The Canadian government has approved a GM potato - called the "Innate" potato from the company Simplot. The company says that the potato is genetically modified (also called genetically engineered) to resist bruising and reduce asparagine, an amino acid in potato that reacts with some sugars to oxidize into acrylamide - a possible carcinogen - at around 120F (49C), especially during high-temperature frying. The potato could be planted this year and in grocery stores in the Fall of 2016 - but it will not be labelled as a product of genetic modification. Click here for more information.
- Contact your Member of Parliament to ask for mandatory labelling of all GM foods. Check for your MP's contacts using your postal code at www.parl.gc.ca
- Ask McDonalds to not use the GM potato 1-888-424-4622
- Ask McCain (Frozen French Fry company) email@example.com
No GM Fish
On November 19, 2015, the US government approved the GM fish for eating. Health Canada has not yet approved it for human consumption in Canada. Canada's Minister of the Environment has approved the commercial production of GM Atlantic salmon eggs Prince Edward Island (PEI) (Nov 2013) but this decision is being challenged in the courts. The salmon are engineered to be fast-growing with a growth hormone gene from Chinook salmon and genetic material from ocean pout (an eel-like creature). It would be the first GE food animal in the world and would land on grocery store shelves unlabelled.
Stop Legalized Contamination from Unapproved GM Foods: "Low Level Presence"
July 2015: 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, 0.2% 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.
Stop the GM Apple
Canada has approved the genetically modified "non-browning" apple.
- Write to your grocery store today! Click here for tools and contacts.
March 2014: The company called Okanagan Specialty Fruits now has Canadian and US approval for its genetically modified (GM) “non-browning” apple. The apple could make it to the market in late 2016. Click here for more information.
Stop 2,4-D Tolerant GM Crops
Canada has approved 2,4-D- and dicamba-tolerant GM corn and soy. Late 2014, the US government also approved Dow's 2,4-D/glyphosate herbicide mix, to go along with GM 2,4-D tolerant crops. Now Dow Chemical has all the approvals it needs to start marketing these GM herbicide tolerant crops in Canada and the US.
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