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Canada Decides Not to Allow Release of GM Alfalfa This Spring

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Roundup Ready alfalfa will not be available to Canadian growers this spring. Farmers from Ontario to Manitoba have decried the release of this genetically modified strain of alfalfa into agriculture, citing contamination problems. The National Farmers Union of Canada has brought forth valid concerns about the approval process for genetically modified crops.

A huge turn of events: Commercial provider halts government-approved GM alfalfa

 The commercial provider, Forage Genetics International (FGI), must have felt the heat. FGI global traits leader Mike Peterson confirmed that they would not be releasing the new GM alfalfa strains this spring:

"For spring of 2014, Forage Genetics will not be commercializing Roundup Ready alfalfa in Canada anywhere. That's the only decision we've made so far. We're just going day to day on the decision making process, but we have made a decision about spring."

This is a huge turn of events in Canada, since the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) granted registration of the GM variety in 2013 and gave FGI exclusive rights to begin commercializing the seed in 2014.

In fact, proponents for biotechnology were betting on the new alfalfa's commercial release, but when the FGI pulled back in March and stated so in The Western Producer, many officials were taken aback. Some see this genetically altered variety of alfalfa seed as the driving force for ultimate weed control. Roundup can be sprayed en masse, choking back nature's eclectic array of weeds, herbs and flowers that get in the way of crop production. The seed strain is manufactured to resist the glyphosate in Roundup, allowing the alfalfa crops to dominate.      

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