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Write to Ban Terminator Seeds - Before Dec 7/06
Date: Thursday, November 30 2006
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Tell your MP to support Banning Terminator Seeds - Before December 7


Find your Member of Parliament using your Postal Code


On December 7th 2006 the House of Commons Agriculture and Agri-Food Committee will hold a one-hour hearing on Terminator technology.


In March 2006 and February 2005, your letters stopped the Canadian government from acting to end the international moratorium on Terminator (“suicide seeds”) at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. In March, the Canadian delegation to the UN meeting did not object to the reaffirmation and strengthening of the moratorium. Yet, our government supported the moratorium without actually stating a position on Terminator. Now we find out that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is preparing the road for approval of Terminator!

DEMAND that the Canadian Government state its unqualified opposition to this dangerous technology and take immediate steps to legislate a ban on field-testing and commercialization in Canada.


Terminator or Genetic Use Restriction Technology (GURTs) is a technology of genetic engineering designed by the multinational seed industry to render seeds sterile after first harvest, thus preventing farmers from saving and re-using seed, forcing them to return to corporations to buy seed every season. This predatory strategy has been widely condemned, in Canada and across the world, because it threatens farmer livelihoods, food security, and agricultural biodiversity. And yet, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency continues to prepare for the potential introduction of Terminator seeds and there is no policy in Canada to address the devastating impacts Terminator would have on farmers’ livelihoods.


UPDATES:

• In August 2006, Monsanto announced that it will buy US seed company Delta & Pine Land. If the deal goes through, Monsanto will own the most advanced research on Terminator including the only greenhouse trials of Terminator seeds in the world. (Monsanto previously committed not to commercialize Terminator but has begun to reword this pledge.)

• In October 2005, the Canadian Patent Office granted the first ever Canadian patent on a Terminator technology (owned by Delta & Pine Land and the U.S. Department of Agriculture).

• Swiss multinational Syngenta has requested a Canadian patent on Terminator potatoes.


WRITE TO your MP (postage is free).

Find your Member of Parliament using your Postal Code


FOR MORE BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND A SAMPLE LETTER:

http://www.banterminator.org/p/282
or contact the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network at
info@cban.ca


MAKE SURE TO COPY YOUR LETTER TO:

Hon. Chuck Strahl

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A6

Telephone: 613 992-2940

Fax: 613 944-9376

E-Mail: Strahl.C@parl.gc.ca


Right Hon. Stephen Harper

Prime Minister

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A6

Telephone: 613 992-4211

Fax: 613 941-6900

EMail: Harper.S@parl.gc.ca


Wayne Easter,

Liberal Agriculture Critic

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A6

Telephone: 613 992-2406

Fax: 613 995-7408

EMail: Easter.W@parl.gc.ca


André Bellavance

Bloc Québécois Agriculture Critic

House of Commons Ottawa,

Ontario

K1A 0A6

Telephone: 613 995-1554

Fax: 613 995-2026

EMail: Bellavance.A@parl.gc.ca


Alex Atamanenko

NDP Agriculture Critic

House of Commons Ottawa,

Ontario K1A 0A6

Telephone: 613 996-8036

Fax: 613 943-0922

E-Mail: Atamanenko.A@parl.gc.ca


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This action is organized by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network http://www.cban.ca Please join us in the Campaign against Terminator seeds and other forms of corporate control over seeds.

Please contact us for more information or to donate.
info@cban.ca

613 241 2267


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

Fax: 613 241 2506

coordinator@cban.ca

www.cban.ca

www.banterminator.org/p/282


item courtesy Ban Terminator Canada announcements list

contact@banterminator.org

http://www.banterminator.org


(NB: Received from: http://www.boilingfrog.ca/)










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