Rally to tell Federal Government and CFIA not to release GM Alfalfa.
A group of Secondary School students in Vernon organized a rally outside MP Colin Mayes' office Tuesday to raise awareness about Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) alfalfa that could be registered for use in Canada this April.
GM Roundup-Ready alfalfa varieties have just been cleared for the last step before they hit the market – all they need now is a final rubber-stamp by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in Ottawa.
Rally No GMO Alfalfa
INFORMATION ON THE THREATS OF MONSANTO'S GM ALFALFA
GM alfalfa is the next in line for approval for open cultivation in Canada.
Alfalfa is commonly harvested as hay and used to produce a lot of the food we eat.
It is high-protein feed for animals like dairy cows, beef cattle, lambs, poultry and pigs. It's also used to build nutrients in the soil and is important for organic farming.
Because alfalfa is a perennial plant that is pollinated by bees, genetically modified alfalfa will inevitably cross-pollinate with non-GM and organic alfalfa, threatening the livelihoods of family farmers across Canada and the survival of bees and other pollinating insects everywhere. GM contamination is inevitable because alfalfa is a perennial crop pollinated by insects.
In the U.S., where GM alfalfa is permitted, weeds are becoming resistant to glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup) Another glyphosate-tolerant crop like Roundup Ready alfalfa would increase these weeds. Alfalfa is almost always grown in a mix with grasses and establishes readily without the use of herbicides. Farmers don’t want or need Roundup Ready alfalfa. If GM (also genetically engineered or GE) alfalfa is released in Canada it will have negative impacts on a wide range of farmers and farming systems, both conventional and organic.