Farmers in Canada are once again under attack from Monsanto through their affiliate Forage Genetics International (FGI). Monsanto has developed a new Genetically Modified (GM) variety of Alfalfa with the Roundup Ready gene. Introduction of this variety in the US has resulted in the contamination of 30 percent of the alfalfa varieties in the western states. Containment protocols do not prevent pollinators, such as bees, from transporting the GM pollen to non-GM crops.
We need to stop the sale of this variety in Canada and prevent the contamination of existing alfalfa varieties. Since pollinators do not respect national boundaries the contamination of alfalfa from the US is likely inevitable and this may only be a delaying tactic but we need to slow down this assault on our non-GMO farmers.
Alfalfa is a forage species that is usually grown with other grasses and legumes and used for hay and pasture for livestock. The use of Roundup in this context makes no sense and the contamination of existing alfalfa varieties only jeopardizes the livelihood of organic producers and farmers who export alfalfa products.
Farmers represent only a small portion of the voting population and need help in getting their message across. Please support this initiative. If enough of you are willing to support your farmers perhaps our Minister of Agriculture will listen.