Greenpeace Canada

Greenpeace Canada

March 23, 2005 12:30 ET

Greenpeace opposes Monsanto's Bill C-27

No to GMOs and to the Privatization of seeds Attention: Agriculture Editor, Environment Editor, Food/Beverage Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor MONTREAL/QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 23, 2005) - Greenpeace is outraged at Paul Martin's government's proposed Bill C-27 which will take Canadian agriculture further away from farmers and put it firmly in the control of large scale economic interests of multinationals like Monsanto.

"Under the guise of an official adoption of "an intelligent ruling" and the elimination "obstacles to innovation" the federal government is handing the agricultural sector over to agro-chemical and biotechnology companies such as Monsanto. Farmers now face the very real threat of losing a vital part of their economic heritage, one that has allowed humanity to survive up till now, that being the right to collect and reuse there seeds", said Éric Darier, Greenpeace Canada GE campaigner.

The Monsanto give away Bill, Bill C-27 will give even more power to the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency), in particular when it comes to the introduction of new GMOs. "Monsanto's Bill will give the CFIA the power to align our agricultural policies and procedures with those of the United States, and in so doing will avoid any necessary and essential debate on the issue," added Darier.

"Canadian provinces should be extremely concerned about Monsanto's Bill C-27 which runs the very real risk of further weakening their ability to intervene in the agricultural sector. Provinces such as PEI that are presently undertaking parliamentary hearings to look into making the province GE free could have their work completely undone by this federal Bill," further added Darier.

Greenpeace calls on all Canadians to ensure that Monsanto's Bill C-27 goes no further. Greenpeace calls on Canadians to make their views on this Bill known to their federal MPs by going to:

http://www.beyondfactoryfarming.org (click on the picture of the cow at the top right of the page).

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For further information contact :

Éric Darier, Greenpeace GE campaigner
Tel: (514) 933-0021, x15 / Cell: (514) 605-6497 IN: AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT, POLITICS

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