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Libs and PCs defeat GMO Bill C-474

Notice from Layton re GMO bill:
"On February 9th, Conservative and Liberal MPs joined together to defeat Bill C-474, An Act respecting the Seeds Regulations (analysis of potential harm) introduced by New Democrat Agriculture Critic Alex Atamanenko. The legislation sought to require that an analysis of potential harm to export markets be conducted before the sale of any new genetically engineered seed was permitted.

On the defeat of his bill, Mr. Atamanenko said, "once again we see these two parties putting the interests of their big business buddies ahead of everyday farmers whose livelihoods can be destroyed in an instant from contamination by genetically engineered (GE) seeds and crops".

Looking forward, the New Democrats will continue to take every opportunity to pressure the government to initiate a public debate around genetic engineering and to use a precautionary approach to this important issue.

In spite of Bill C-474's defeat, New Democrats will continue to press the following initiatives: "
Bill C-370: mandatory labeling for genetically modified foods
Bill-C-353: Ban on the use of "Terminator seeds"

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