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cban has notified me that the second report of a series has been released. Here is the link to find out more
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I recently received this email about the status of GMO Alfalfa in Canada

Farmer and consumer protests in Canada have delayed the introduction of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa since 2013 and we now have confirmation that GM alfalfa will not be sold again this year in Canada. (the story is below)

This confirmation follows statements against the introduction of GM alfalfa in Western Canada from the farmer association Forage Seed Canada. You can read that story here: http://www.albertafarmexpress.ca/2015/04/06/forage-seed-industry-wants-western-canada-to-be-a-gm-alfalfa-free-zone-2/ 

Monsanto and Forage Genetics International continue to pursue future commercial sales in Canada of GM glyphosate tolerant “Roundup Ready” alfalfa as well as also other GM traits. (GM Roundup Ready alfalfa is already sold in the US). The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) is closely monitoring this issue with other groups. 

For more information on GM alfalfa and on the importance of alfalfa in Canadian farming, as well as detailed reports on the risk of contamination from GM alfalfa and the failure of industry “coexistence plans", please see www.cban.ca/alfalfa 

Thank you for your continued support and action. Best regards, Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network

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No Roundup Ready alfalfa crops for 2015

Manitoba Cooperator, Allan Dawson, April 9, 2015
http://www.manitobacooperator.ca/news-opinion/news/no-roundup-ready-alfalfa-production-for-2015/

Genetically modified (GM) Roundup Ready alfalfa will not be sold commercially in Canada this year and it’s unclear when, if ever, it will be commercialized in Western Canada.

“At this time FGI does not have plans to introduce biotech-enhanced alfalfa traits to growers in Western Canada,” Forage Genetics International (FGI), the company selling the GM alfalfa, said in a “Stakeholder Update” issued last month.

However, the U.S.-based company says work is underway to develop a “hay-to-hay” coexistence plan for the West.

“The goal is to have this plan completed by January 2016,” FGI said. “This Western Canada plan is being developed in response to requests for additional stewardship to address the possibility of product moving from Ontario (and) Quebec to Western Canada.”

Heather Kerschbaumer, president of Forage Seed Canada, which represents forage seed growers, welcomes FGI’s efforts to prevent GM alfalfa from making its way west.

“If they are addressing this it’s all a good thing,” Kerschbaumer said from her Fairview, Alta. farm and seed business. “I think the more planning and discussion and looking at the consequences is a good thing. If we could be involved in some way we are definitely interested in being part of it.”

Forage Seed Canada along with hay exporters and organic farmers are worried that once commercialized Roundup Ready alfalfa will hurt their businesses, because, according to them, it will be tough to keep GM and non-GM alfalfa segregated. Alfalfa is a perennial crop that grows wild in ditches and on uncultivated land. Bees and wind spread its pollen.

Seed growers and hay exporters fear they’ll lose markets in countries where buyers don’t want GM crops.

Coexistence

A coexistence plan aimed at preventing Roundup Ready alfalfa from spreading in Eastern Canada was created in 2013.

FGI says its stewardship plan in the U.S. “has allowed organic, conventional and genetically modified (GM) alfalfa farmers to coexist, regardless of the production method they choose.”

Although FGI won’t sell Roundup Ready alfalfa in Eastern Canada this year it will allow 20 farmers — eight more than last year — to grow 20 to 30 acres for demonstration purposes.

“Feedback gathered from farmers who participated in the 2014 on-farm field trial program confirms that Genuity Roundup Ready alfalfa delivers outstanding weed control, superior crop safety, quick stand establishment and vigorous growth, reinforcing that the Roundup Ready technology has been incorporated into FGI’s very best seed genetics,” FGI said.

In addition, two “small-scale research trials” in the East will include FGI’s newest GM alfalfa, HarvXtra, which is the Roundup Ready trait, stacked with a reduced lignin trait. The latter produces alfalfa with better nutritional and digestability benefits for cattle. Canadian regulators approved HarvXtra alfalfa in December.

“At this time, FGI is considering the potential for commercial seed sales of HarvXtra alfalfa with Roundup Ready technology in Ontario and Quebec only,” FGI said. “That decision is confined to the sale of seed. Companies would not be permitted to undertake any Genuity Roundup Ready alfalfa or HarvXtra alfalfa with Roundup Ready technology seed production in Canada. All seed production would take place in the U.S., with only commercial sales for hay production allowed in Canada.”

Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator 
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) 
Collaborative Campaigning for Food Sovereignty and Environmental Justice
Suite 206, 180 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2P 1P5 
Phone: 613 241 2267 ext. 25
Fax: 613 241 2506 
coordinator@cban.ca 
www.cban.ca
https://www.facebook.com/cban.canadian.biotechnology.action.network
@biotechaction

Join us for the GMO Inquiry 2015! www.GMOinquiry.ca
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Alfalfa is the fourth-largest crop, in acreage and value, in the U.S., but contamination from genetically engineered crops in “supposedly GE-free zones” in California and Washington are raising red flags with Europe, China and other buyers.
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Just back from my local District 3 NDP Nomination meeting. Here iN Kilmuir we have the opportunity to elect the Leader of the Provincial NDP to a seat in the legislature. Now we just need to make it happen!

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I have no idea where Charlottetown and Summerside PEI fall in this scale, but given the high numbers of minimum wage jobs on PEI I suspect we would be some where between numbers 30 and 50 if they had calculated for more cities. With Halifax being the only maritime city listed I suspect that the data is hard to get for cities outside of areasa where there are CCPA offices.
This study examines the median unsubsidized child care fees in Canada’s biggest 22 cities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. It also develops an affordability index that compares those fees to t
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September 20 - 28 is Organic Week! Organic farming prohibits the use of genetically modified (GM) seeds. You can buy organic food to choose non-GM food, and to support farmers who are growing food without GM seeds. Learn more about organics, which is a whole system of sustainable farming practices http://organicweek.ca/why-organic/



EVENTS:


Join CBAN at events in Alberta, Oct 2-3, Calgary and Edmonton


What’s Next for GMOs? Genetically Modified Food and Our Future
Do genetically modified (GM) crops and foods have a future in Canada? How would farmers and consumers be impacted by a GM “non-browning” apple or GM alfalfa? Bring your questions and participate in this important discussion! 

Featuring: Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, Ottawa

Oct 2: University of Calgary. Thursday October 2nd, 4:00-5:30PM. Science Theatres 145. Presented by Blush Lane Organic Market and Sunnyside Organic Market.

Oct 2: Calgary. Thursday October 2nd, 7- 9PM Ambrose University. Free Admission, Please register at Blush Lane Organic Market www.blushlane.com  Refreshments & Door Prizes! Presented by Blush Lane Organic Market

Oct 3: Edmonton. Friday October 3rd, 7- 9PM Roots on Whyte Community Building. Free Admission, Please register at Blush Lane Organic Market www.blushlane.com  Refreshments & Door Prizes! Presented by Blush Lane Organic Market

Share the event pages on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/cban.canadian.biotechnology.action.network
Or contact us for posters! Thank you for helping to promote these events.
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CBAN will be attending the Agricultural Biotechnology Industry Conference in Saskatoon Oct 5-9, to continue our research and monitoring of the biotech industry. Please support our work by donating today www.cban.ca/donate (please make any tax-deductible donation cheques payable to CBAN-Tides Canada Initiatives) Thank you!


Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator 
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) 
Collaborative Campaigning for Food Sovereignty and Environmental Justice
Suite 206, 180 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2P 1P5 
Phone: 613 241 2267 ext. 25
Fax: 613 241 2506 
coordinator@cban.ca 
www.cban.ca
https://www.facebook.com/cban.canadian.biotechnology.action.network
@biotechaction
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Hoping we can move the funding pendulum back to a reasonable range so we can continue to have a public national broadcaster to keep us informed without a private sector agenda.
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There are a lot of considerations when deciding on the acceptability of GMO foods. My understanding is that most herbicide resistance and pest resistance is achieved by inserting a gene sequence that is foreign to the species or even to plants in general. The situation with the Arctic Apple is decidedly different if I am correct in understanding that it is achieved by identifying a 'switch' within the apples own gene sequence to turn off the natural browning process. The question I have is this something that might have occurred via a natural selection process?.
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+Lawrence Millar fair comments. So why hasn't it happened then?

Or perhaps a different way of looking at it. .. Perhaps it has already happened, in other strains of apples that we (no longer) see it in?
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So you want the latest technology, here is an aspect of that desire you may have overlooked
Hidden in an unknown corner of Inner Mongolia is a toxic, nightmarish lake created by our thirst for smartphones, consumer gadgets and green tech, discovers Tim Maughan.
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I am continually appalled at the lack of foresight from our politicians on the value of maintaining a strong public broadcaster that is dedicated to providing intelligent radio and television programming to the entire population rather than just those in the major population centres.
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I enjoy listening to the CBC Radio One and value the news and insights I gain from listening. I have noticed in recent years that the cuts have dramatically reduced the amount of programming and the scope of information available. It is clear when the same programming is repeated two , three or more times, that the budget simply does not allow for current insightful programming.
It is time to return the CBC to a fully functioning status with adequate funding to be a vehicle for reasonably unbiased news and entertainment coverage without commercial or government interference
Stephen Harper's instinct to silence and destroy perceived enemies has rarely been more evident than in the Conservatives' treatment of our CBC. But he can't drown us all out! Please sign this petition and share the video. #FreeTheCBC
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I agree...here in Ottawa the morning show is more like rogers community TV...then a well respected international national news source
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  • Woodroffe High School
    to Grade 13
  • Carleton University
    1st yr Bio, Chem & Comp. Sci., 1971 - 1972
  • Kemptville College of Agr. Tech.
    Diploma Agriculture, 1973 - 1974
  • Nova Scotia Agricultural College
    Farm Equipment Technician, 1977 - 1979
  • D Roy Kennedy Intermediate
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