We’re in the time of year that old-timers knew as ‘the hunger gap’, when stored foods run low and fresh spring crops haven’t had a chance to grow. Luckily, market farmers do all they can to extend our growing season in all directions. We’re starting to see the first lovely greenhouse greens, reports from syrup-makers are good, the chickens are laying more….We’ve got a lot to look forward to!
Behind the scenes, several new markets are in the works for Toronto. It’s too soon for official announcements yet, but we’ll do our best to keep you informed.
Down at St. Lawrence Market this month, you can lend support to an important rally:
Tuesday April 9, noon to 1 pm
Day of Action to Stop GM Alfalfa
Location: outside St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front St. East, Toronto
Bring your banners, your voices and together we can stop the release of GM alfalfa.
Spread the word! Here are the locations of rallies across Ontario: www.cban.ca/april9
Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) alfalfa could be registered for use in Eastern Canada this April! GM Roundup Ready alfalfa varieties have just been cleared for the last step before they hit the market - all they need now is a final rubber-stamp by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Alfalfa is used to produce many of the foods we eat! Alfalfa (commonly harvested as hay) is high-protein feed for animals like dairy cows, beef cattle, lambs, poultry and pigs. It’s also used to build nutrients in the soil and is important for organic farming.
Because alfalfa is a perennial plant that is pollinated by bees, genetically modified alfalfa will inevitably cross-pollinate with non-GM and organic alfalfa, threatening the livelihoods of family farmers across Canada. Prairie farmers have already rejected GM alfalfa because of the threat of contamination, so now the industry is trying to introduce GM alfalfa in Eastern Canada.
This action is hosted by The Big Carrot Natural Food Market, No More GMOs Toronto, Millions Against Monsanto Toronto, Kids Right To Know GMO Rally, Canadian Organic Growers-Toronto, and the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network. This call for a Day of Action to Stop GM Alfalfa was issued by the National Farmers Union-Ontario.
For Toronto Action info and materials: www.cban.ca/april9toronto
For info on the Day of Action April 9: www.cban.ca/april9