Dec 28 2010

Please Support Bill C-474, Support Canada's Farmers

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From: Priscilla Judd
To: Colin Mayes
Re: Please Support Bill C-474, Support Canada’s Farmers
Date: Tuesday 28 December 2010
Cc: Hon. Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
Cc: Alex Atamanenko, NDP Agriculture Critic
Cc: Hon. Wayne Easter, Liberal Agriculture Critic
Cc: André Bellavance, Bloc Québécois Agriculture Critic

Dear Colin Mayes, MP
I am writing again to ask you to support the Private Members Bill C-474 in order to protect Canada’s family farms. Bill C-474 supports Canadian farmers by requiring that “an analysis of potential harm to export markets be conducted before the sale of any new genetically engineered seed is permitted.” I think you said you are concerned about chilling Agri- research but research is far less important that local food production and supporting farmers. Please make farmers your priority and vote for Bill C-474.

This Bill is important because the introduction of new genetically engineered (GE) crops can cause economic hardship to farmers. It is imperative that our government assesses the possible export market impact of introducing new GE seeds. Bill C-474 would simply require the federal government to conduct such an economic analysis.

Farmers are at risk when GE crops are commercialized in Canada without also being approved in our major export markets. For example, flax farmers in Canada paid the price for unwanted GE contamination that damaged their export markets late in 2009. Flax farmers foresaw that GE contamination would close their export markets.

I want to see our government take responsibility for Canadian farmers and protect them from predictable problems caused by the introduction of new GE crops that have not yet been regulated in our export markets. Bill C-474 would help our government meet this responsibility. The House of Commons Agriculture Committee has already heard a strong message of support for Bill C-474 from Canada’s alfalfa growers.

Please Mr.Mayes, vote for Bill C-474 to make sure that alfalfa growers and other farmers do not face the same market harm caused by GE contamination that continues to hurt our flax farmers. and thank you for the Christmas Card,
Priscilla Judd

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