Since the time of the Ancient Greeks Alfalfa has been used as an animal feed. Alfalfa is an important forage crop in many countries around the world today. Alfalfa is a perennial crop and grows wild in ditches and on uncultivated land. Bees and wind spread its pollen. A Roundup Ready Alfalfa seed is currently cultivated in the US and it is also being tested in Eastern Canada. The good news right now for North America is that Roundup Ready Alfalfa will not be sold commercially in Canada in 2015 (click here for the news article). Hopefully it will never by commercialized in Western Canada.
The WHO released a report last month that listed glyphosate as probably carcinogenic to humans. Glyphosate is an ingredient in the herbicide Roundup (developed by Monsanto). The WHO cancer group said that glyphosate may raise the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in humans who are exposed to the chemical at work. Read more.
Do you think Western Canada should be kept an Alfalfa GMO Free zone to protect non-GM alfalfa from getting contaminated? If keeping these GMO Alfalfa crops segregated is not possible should we not be looking at creating GMO free zones to protect the non-GM Alfalfa?
“Alfalfa round bales” by Gary D Robson. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
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