April 21, 2009

Stop Terminator/Suicide Seeds - Support the Bill to Ban them!

From C-Ban
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 http://www.banterminator.org/endorse

3. Write a personalized letter. Remember: postage is free to your elected officials! You can use your postal code to search for your MP athttp://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@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

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

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