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ACTION ALERT: Support Bill C-474 on GE crops before October 20 vote

The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network writes that, “An important vote on Bill C-474 could come up as early as October 20 in the House of Commons. The Agriculture Committee has presented a procedural motion to the House of Commons requesting a 30-day extension to the Committee’s debate on Bill C-474.”

CBAN is demanding that the requested extension to the debate is granted. “If Members of Parliament vote against the extension, the debate on Bill C-474 will be squashed and the Bill will be quickly returned to the House for a final vote on October 22 instead. The Liberals have indicated they will not support Bill C-474!”

What is Bill C-474? “Bill C-474 would support 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.’ This Bill is a critical opportunity to stop dangerous GE crops. Bill C-474 begins a real debate over the impacts of GE crops. If the Bill is passed it would stop GE wheat and GE alfalfa. The Bill was introduced by Alex Atamanenko, the NDP Agriculture Critic and MP for British Columbia Southern Interior.”

To take action on this, please go to the CBAN action alert at http://www.cban.ca/Take-Action/Act-Now. Demand that the 30-day extension of debate be granted and that the Liberals support C-474.

For more information, you can go to http://canadians.org/action/2010/Bill-C-474-Mar-29.html.