Ag groups demand end to GM alfalfa approval

LA GLACE, Alta. — Fourteen Canadian agriculture organizations want the federal government to cancel registration of genetically modified alfalfa and test all imports of U.S.-grown alfalfa seed. They also want the locations of all GM alfalfa fields made public “so farmers can protect their fields and crops until all GM alfalfa varieties are taken off[...]

Alberta county asks farmers to keep GM alfalfa out

A county in Alberta’s Peace River region is asking farmers not to plant genetically modified alfalfa. The matter is moot right now because Roundup Ready alfalfa is not available to growers in Western Canada. However, HarvXtra, a GM variety with stacked Roundup Ready and low lignin traits, was offered on a limited basis in Eastern[...]


Forage growers educate on GM alfalfa

FAIRVIEW, Alta. — The Peace Region Forage Seed Association has taken steps to educate people about genetically modified alfalfa. It has hired Bill and Jane Farney to meet with producers and government and acquaint them with the risks the crop might present to market access for alfalfa seed. Heather Kerschbaumer, president of Forage Seed Canada,[...]

Farm groups challenge food company’s non-GM pledge

Farmers and food companies have dropped the gloves in the de-bate over genetically modified food. A number of food companies have recently announced they are introducing non-GM product lines. That is making growers antsy because many rely on biotechnology to keep weeds and insects at bay. The line in the sand for farm groups was[...]


China approves two more GMO crops for import

Beijing | Reuters -- China has approved two more genetically modified (GMO) crops for import, the Ministry of Agriculture said, the second such move in the past month to expand access to biotech seeds as part of Beijing's 100-day trade talks with Washington. The two new crops, approved from July 16 for a period of[...]

Roundup Ready in alfalfa exports ‘catastrophic’

BROMONT, Que. — The discovery of Roundup Ready alfalfa in global hay exports should be on Canadian farmers’ radar, says a Canadian hay exporter. Ed Shaw, who exports forage around the world, including to China, said three American hay exporters have been blacklisted from exporting hay to China, and hundreds of container loads of hay[...]


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GM alfalfa approval heads to U.S. court (Reuters) — A public interest group is asking a court to force the United States Department of Agriculture to turn over documents explaining its approval of a genetically modified alfalfa even as the department acknowledged the crop’s potential to do environmental damage. The Center for Food Safety said[...]

Organic farm supporters say GMO contamination needs USDA controls

(Reuters) — Growing crops free from contamination by genetically modified crops and the pesticides used on those biotech versions is getting more difficult and more costly for U.S. farmers, and new government rules to control contamination are needed, according to report issued on Monday by an environmental organization and an organic food group. Based on[...]