[Campus-community-garden] Support the new Ban Terminator Bill in Canada

Wanda Martin wandamartin at shaw.ca
Tue Apr 21 21:12:30 PDT 2009

Hello all,
please consider taking action on this very important issue.  And
spread the word!
in good food,

Abra Brynne, Communications Co-ordinator
BC Food Systems Network
info at fooddemocracy.org
PO Box 684, Nelson, BC V1L 5R4
250.352.5342 (GMT - 7)

April 2009
Bill to Ban Terminator Re-introduced!  Ask the Prime Minister to support 
Bill C-353 "Terminator Seed Ban Act"

Send an instant email http://www.cban.ca/terminatoraction   ---
See below for a full list of actions you can take.

What is Terminator? Terminator Technology genetically engineers  plants to 
produce sterile seeds at harvest. It was developed by the multinational 
seed/agrochemical industry and the US government to prevent farmers from 
re-planting harvested seed and force farmers to  buy seed each season 
instead. Terminator seeds have not yet been  field-tested or commercialized. 
In 2006, Monsanto bought the company  (Delta & Pine Land) that owned 
Terminator. Terminator is sometimes called Genetic Use Restriction 
Technology (GURTs) - the broad term that refers to the use of an external 
chemical inducer to control  the expression of a plant’s genetic traits.

 Member of Parliament Alex Atamanenko (NDP) has reintroduced his Private 
Members Bill (C-343) to ban the release, sale, importation and use of 
Terminator technology.

Actions you can take:

1. Send an instant email at http://www.cban.ca/terminatoraction

2. Organizations can endorse the call for a ban: go to 

3. Write a personalized letter. Remember: postage is free to your elected 
officials! You can use your postal code to search for your MP at 
http://www.parl.gc.ca  (Note: The New Democratic Party and the Bloc 
Québécois already support a Ban on Terminator in Canada.) For more 
information see http://www.cban.ca/terminator

4. Distribute Ban Terminator postcards in your community! To order postcards 
email btpostcards at usc-canada.org

5. Donate to support the campaign - the Canadian Biotechnology Action 
Network implements the Canadian strategy of the International  Ban 
Terminator Campaign http://www.cban.ca/donate

6. Sign up to Ban Terminator news http://www.banterminator.org/subscribe

See also April 17, 2009: Terminating Food Sovereignty in Ecuador?  President 
opens door to Terminator seeds http://www.banterminator.org

For more information: http://www.cban.ca/terminator or 


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