Your letters are making a difference for farmers

Thu, May 3, 2007 E-Bulletins

Organic Farmer Doug Storey says “Thank you for helping in the fight against Terminator Seed”

Dear RightOnCanada Supporter,

I want to share with you a message I received a few days ago from Doug Storey, an organic farmer in Grandview, Manitoba:

“Thank you for helping in the fight against Terminator seed. I am a farmer and my farm’s future depends on saving my own seed.”

Doug’s thanks go to each of you who sent the letters.

And your letters are having an effect. Alex Atamanenko, the NDP’s Agriculture critic, raised the issue in the House of Commons (see below), saying that his office has been flooded with letters. He intends to introduce a bill to ban Terminator seed technology.

To keep the momentum growing, we are now calling on Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion to show his environmental leadership. Go to our action centre to send your message

Thank you,


Kathleen Ruff

Senior Advisor to the Rideau Institute 
and founder of

Terminator Seed Technology
Mr. Alex Atamanenko (British Columbia Southern Interior, NDP):
Mr. Speaker,

terminator is a technology that is being developed by multinational seed companies to make seeds sterile after first harvest. The goal is to prevent farmers from saving and reusing their own seeds, thereby forcing them to buy seed from corporations every year.

Currently there is an international moratorium being upheld on terminator at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. Incredibly, we have a government, like the Liberal government before it that is seeking to undermine this moratorium by considering approval of this technology on a case by case basis.Despite the fact that leading scientists condemn taking this completely irresponsible position, they are willing to take this enormous risk.

My office is flooded with letters every day, over 700 so far, from Canadians expressing deep concern about the dangers of this technology which cannot be prevented from cross-pollinating with other plants.

I have personally written to each of these people and informed them that I will be forwarding their letters to the minister’s office and asking him to justify his position to them directly.

I urge each of my colleagues to forward each and every letter they get. is a project of the Rideau Institute.For information, please contact: Mohamed Hamdan, Administrative Assistantoperations@rideauinstitute.ca30 Metcalfe Street, Suite 500 Ottawa ON K1P 5L4 CanadaTel. 613 565-4994 Fax 613 237-3359www.rideauinstitute.caIf you received this newsletter through a friend, please consider becoming a subscriber .The Rideau Institute is a public interest research organization federally incorporated as a not-for-profit organization with Industry Canada under the Canada Corporations Act. Unfortunately, donations to the Rideau Institute are not tax deductible.

One Response to “Your letters are making a difference for farmers”

  1. Bonnie Drago Says:

    Council of Canadians, Cdn Catholic Org for Development & Peace, have much done much research & awareness on this issue. Hope you are all networking together. Biopatenting is an agriculture nightmare & no evidence that it feeds the world’s hungry.
    shalom Bonnie

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