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Agriculture Report

Ban Genetically Modified Alfalfa Seed

By Fadi Didi

The NFU in Grey County wants a ban on the sale of genetically modified alfalfa seed.


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The Grey County branch of the National Farmer's Union is calling for a ban on the sale of genetically modified alfalfa seed in Canada.

There are reports Forage Genetics International is considering making genetically modified alfalfa seed available for sale to farmers in Eastern Canada this spring.

Supporters argue it can co-exist with non-G-M alfalfa without risk of contamination.

But N-F-U President Jan Slomp wants a ban on contaminated conventional alfalfa seed from the U-S.

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it is going to resume a requirement that livestock transporters be cleaned and disinfected in the U-S before entering Canada.

A temporary protocol had been put in place in early 2014, but that will be lifted at midnight on Sunday.

Transporters arriving at the border unwashed will be turned away.

Some groups will press the federal government to change the rule so transporters can wash at Canadian facilities.

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There was a record crowd at this year's Swine Conference in London.

More than 650 people attended the two day event last week.

The goal of the conference is to exchange science based information to help the future of the hog industry.

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Another southwestern Ontario company is joining the ketchup battle between Heinz and French's.

Primo Foods of Ruthven -- near Leamington -- says its new ketchup is 100 per cent Canadian-made.

The company says it decided to enter the ketchup business after Heinz left Leamington.

It says all the ingredients of its ketchup are Canadian and it's made by workers from the Leamington and Kingsville area.

 

 


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