From our Canadian correspondent: Sandra Finely

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(GE = genetically engineered.

GMO = genetically modified organism. Same thing.)

Canadian Biotechnology Action Network

Support Bill C-474 – before April 1, 2010.

Together we can stop GE Alfalfa and GE Wheat.

Flax farmers in Canada are now paying a heavy price because of this exact problem.  Late last year, Canadian flax exports were discovered contaminated with GE “Triffid” flax.  Flax farmers actually foresaw that GE contamination or even the threat of contamination would close their export markets.  They took steps in 2001 to remove GE flax from the market. Despite this measure, flax farmers were not protected. The GE flax contamination closed our export markets in 2009. It has created market uncertainty and depressed prices. Farmers are also paying for testing and cleanup and may be required to abandon their own farm-saved flax seed and buy certified seed instead. These costs are an unnecessary and preventable burden.

We cannot allow GE seeds to harm our export markets.

Write a letter to your MP from http://www.cban.ca/474action 

It’s very fast and easy.

Take action before April 1 and continue the pressure for April 14, 2010.

Your actions stopped the Bill from being defeated on March 17. Private Members Bill C-474 will be debated for a second hour in Parliament 5:30PM

April 1 with an oral vote on that day. The recorded, official vote will happen on April 14. Even if you have already written your MP, you are encouraged to send another letter before April 1  http://www.cban.ca/474action     

Your action could stop more genetically engineered food products from getting into our food supply.  The current propaganda put out by CropLife Canada (the lobby machine for the chemical-biotech industry, President Lorne Hepworth) speaks of all the nutritional benefits of the GE crops.

Bill C-474 would require that “an analysis of potential harm to export markets be conducted before the sale of any new genetically engineered seed is permitted.” The Bill could stop GE alfalfa and GE wheat.

This Bill is critically important because, as we know from experience, the introduction of new genetically engineered (GE) crops can cause economic hardship to farmers. Farmers are at risk when GE crops are commercialized in Canada without also being approved in major export markets.

Please support Bill  C-474 and protect Canada’s farmers.

Bill C-474 was introduced by Alex Atamanenko, the NDP Agriculture Critic and MP for British Columbia Southern Interior.

For updates, more info and action options  see http://www.cban.ca/474 or

contact Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network

coordinator@cban.ca  613 241 2267 ext. 6

This action alert was issued by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network

(CBAN) http://www.cban.ca

Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator

Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)

Collaborative Campaigning for Food Sovereignty and Environmental Justice

431 Gilmour Street, Second Floor

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2P 0R5

Phone: 613 241 2267 ext.6

Fax: 613 241 2506 coordinator@cban.ca

Your action to support Bill C-474 is making a difference! Support Canada’s

Farmers!

Write to your MP instantly from http://www.cban.ca/474action

Take action before April 1, 2010.

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Email forwarded by:

Sandra Finley

Saskatoon SK  S7N 0L1

306-373-8078

sabest1@sasktel.net