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Genetically modified (GM) wheat has raised concern both domestically and abroad. Farmers and grain industry participants are concerned about market loss and risks to Canada's distinguished reputation for quality wheat varieties as well as agronomic impacts. Consumers are concerned about food safety and regulatory adequacy..

Genetically modified (GM) wheat has raised concern both domestically and abroad. Farmers and grain industry participants are concerned about market loss and risks to Canada's distinguished reputation for quality wheat varieties as well as agronomic impacts. Consumers are concerned about food safety and regulatory adequacy. Citizens are concerned about environmental damage. Organic farmers are concerned about the negative effects on Canada's successful organic sector.
Overwhelming numbers of Canadian farmers and consumers, as well as customers for Canadian wheat overseas, have said that they do not want GM wheat at this time. The Canadian government must act democratically, heed the wishes of its citizens and act in the best economic interests of farmers. The National Farmers Union, Greenpeace Canada, the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Health Coalition stand in united opposition to the introduction of GM wheat. This broad and diverse alliance stands as a strong counterweight to Monsanto's continuous pressure on the Canadian government for swift regulatory approval. Monsanto is pushing for approval of GM wheat despite concerns about market loss, health and environmental safety, the contamination of our seed supply and negative effects on organic producers.
National Farmers Union, Saskatoon, Sask. Ph: 306-652-9465, e-mail: nfu@sympatico.ca

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