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Protect Manitoba from Genetically Engineered Crops

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PETITION TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF MANITOBA: The background to this petition is as follows: 1. January 27, 2011 the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved genetically engineered (GE) pesticide resistant alfalfa for commercial use. 2. The Canadian government has already approved GE pesticide resistant alfalfa, but variety registration -- -- the next step before the crop can be commercially grown in Canada -- has not yet been applied for. 3. 107 national and local farmer and consumer organizations accross Canada, including Manitoba Forage Council and Organic Producers Association of Manitoba were signatories to the No GE Alfalfa Campaign sent to the USDA March 2010. 4. Experience with othe GE crops such as Canola and Flax has shown that GE crops contaminate non-GE crops, and this contamination closes off important export markets for producers – parttcularly organic producers who also lose their certification from GE contamination. 5. GE crop contamination does not respect political boundaries. 6. The use of pesticide resistant crops has led to the development of pesticide resistant weeds thereby leading to the use of more not less pesticides. 7. Producers right to save seed is jeopardized by GE crop contamination and proprietary restirictions against saving seeds following GE contamination. We petition the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba as follows: 1. To pass legislation which prevents new GE crops from being grown in Manitoba. 2. To require the labelling of all products composed of GE substances and sold in Manitoba. 3. Lobby the Canadian, American, Ontarian, Saskatchewan, North Dakotan, and Minnesotan governments to avoid growing GE alfalfa, or at least create border buffer zones, to prevent cross-border contamination.


James Beddome, Leader Green Party of Manitoba leader@greenparty.mb.ca PO Box 26023, RPO Maryland, Winnipeg, MB, R3G 3R3 Canada


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