Dear Prime Minister Harper, Ministers of Health, Agriculture, Environment, and Leaders of the Opposition:
As a citizen concerned about the health, environmental, ethical, and socio-economic hazards of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), I feel strongly that consumers have an inalienable right to say no to GMOs.
I am deeply concerned with the stand Monsanto and other companies that deal in GMO food production have taken in the past decade with respect to sustainable agriculture and farmers' rights. Right now we are at a critical crossroads in history, and I fear that the Federal Government is not looking out for the nation's welfare with a "profits over people" attitude.
Monsanto Company has embarked on a vicious campaign against family farmers in North America, as well as across the world. These hardworking farmers are the backbone of our nation's food supply and national security. The current climate of insecurity has been exacerbated by Monsantos policies of intimidation, lawsuits and defamation. Monsanto's legal actions against Percy Schmeiser, the Rodney Nelson family, and the Oakhurst Dairy for example, are deplorable attacks.
The North American farm sector is becoming a veritable wasteland. Monsanto's Genetically Engineered crops have increased pesticide use, destroyed key export markets and threaten global food safety.
Families have the right to purchase food without fearing health concerns from food that has not been properly tested in Canada. Farmers have the right to produce safe, sustainable food without fear of intimidation and litigation. Consumers have the right to choose food that guarantees their families' health and safety.
It is not enough to seek GMO labeling. What I am asking for is an outright ban on GMOs. I demand that the Canadian Government change course by banning all GMOs from Canada.
[Partial credit for this letter and thank you to OCA, http://www.organicconsumers.org/]
Although organizations like the OCA are fighting against GMOs and asking for labeling, this fight must go one step further and ask for a outright ban of GMOs in Canada. If GMO bans are happening in the most destitute of countries who have far less than Canadians, then we know that we Canadians can do better, we must do better; we have a responsibility to do better.]