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Bee the Change

March 9, 2012

Today when I got to work, Bryan handed me a pamphlet emblazoned with “STOP GM ALFALFA”. After picturing a Hulk-like Little Rascal with a cowlick, I sat down to read about it.

Apparently, Monsanto has a genetically modified herbicide tolerant alfalfa plant that they’re trying to legalize for sale in Canada. It’s already in use in the United States. It’s ridiculous, because alfalfa already helps control weed growth, and is used by many organic farmers as a natural alternative to herbicides.

Ok, so it’s an unnecessary evil, but what does it mean in terms of our food supply? I don’t know about you, but I’m not a big eater of alfalfa. Well, alfalfa is the key ingredient in most animal feed. So any animal you eat, or any animal product you consume can be contaminated. As I mentioned before, alfalfa is also grown alongside other organic crops (like wheat, etc.) to keep down weeds and to fix nitrogen in the soil, eliminating the need for chemical fertilizers. Any crop grown alongside the genetically modified alfalfa can be contaminated.

Here’s the kicker, though: alfalfa is pollenated by bees – bees who fly from field to field, not bothering to check which ones are organic, and which are genetically modified. There’s a really cute, really informative video from CBAN (The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network) which follows a bee as she learns about GM alfalfa. It’s only 3 minutes. Take a watch:

You can help stop this from becoming a reality. Share the video, sign the petition, and even send a letter to the Minister of Agriculture directly from the CBAN website. Keep organic a reality in Canada. “Bee the change.”

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2012 1:21 pm

    “…a Hulk-like Little Rascal with a cowlick…” this made me chuckle! Great article

  2. deek permalink
    March 16, 2012 4:57 pm

    cool site, down with GMO’s

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