August 23, 2014
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These are the current strategic actions we ask you to take with us. Thank you!
Get GM Sweet Corn Out!
August 2014: Fresh sweet corn is starting to appear in farmers markets and grocery stores. Is your sweet corn genetically
modified? The only way to find out is to ask. You have a powerful voice when you ask your local farmer or write to the head office of your grocery chain.
1. Ask your farmer at the roadside, farm gate, or farmers’ market if they are selling GM sweet corn. You can even ask the Farmers’ Market to check for you.
2. Write to the head office of your grocery store and ask them to remove GM sweet corn from their store. Tell them you don’t want to buy it. Click here to for grocery store contacts.
3. Buy organic sweet corn – organic farming prohibits GM seeds and synthetic pesticides.
Your consumer action is very influential! Click here for more info for action on GM sweet corn.
Stop 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 grocery store contacts.
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: Click here for more information and action on the GM apple.
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. and Canada. 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). If approved, it would be the first GE food animal in the world.
Stop GM Alfalfa
CBAN has delayed the introduction of GM alfalfa in 2014, however GM alfalfa could be introduced next year.
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"
July 2014: 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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