NFU-Ontario to rally farm members to stop the release of GM alfalfa
By Amanda Brodhagen, Farms.com
Some farmers who belong to one of the three general farm organizations in the province, National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU) are rallying its farm membership base, to try and stop the release of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa.
The farm group has planned 13 protests across the province at different Member of Provincial Parliament (MP) offices and another 12 that are scheduled to take place in other parts of Canada on Tuesday, April 9th from 12noon to 1pm.
NFO-Ontario is calling it a “day of action” calling on farmers and concerned consumers to visit or contact their local MP constituency offices or to send letters to the Minister of Agriculture and Food Gerry Ritz.
Forage Genetics International has applied Monsanto’s genetically modified Roundup Ready technology to alfalfa. While Canadian regulatory authorities approved GM alfalfa for health and environmental release in 2005, there is one more step that allows for commercial release in Canada - variety registration from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The final step could be completed as early as this spring.