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Stop “Enviropig™”! Take Action today to stop genetically modified animals.
Write to the Minister of Health instantly from www.cban.ca/enviropigaction
Health Canada could soon approve the first genetically modified (GM) animal for human consumption. The University of Guelph has applied for food safety approval of its GM pig – they call it “Enviropig™”.
The GM pig contains genetic material from a mouse and E-coli bacteria, and is engineered to excrete less phosphorus in its feces. Its owners claim that “Enviropig™” can reduce water pollution caused by excess pig manure that comes from industrial factory farms. A GM pig is not needed to solve this problem. Pigs can be raised without causing phosphorus pollution – by making changes to production practices or using an enzyme feed supplement that helps pigs digest grains.
“Enviropig™” is not needed by farmers and is not wanted by consumers. “Enviropig™” is unacceptable and will harm the markets for Canada’s hog producers at a time of severe economic crisis in the industry.
Health Canada is wasting precious public resources trying to assess the safety of a GM animal that no one wants. Health Canada does not have the capacity to regulate this complex technology for human safety.
Write to the Minister of Health today from http://www.cban.ca/enviropigaction and tell her that GM animals are not acceptable in our food system. Tell her that you don’t want to eat “Enviropig™”
For more information on “Enviropig™” and how you can join the campaign visit http://www.cban.ca/enviropig
Donate today to support the campaign to stop “Enviropig™” http://www.cban.ca/donate
This action alert was issued May 18 2010, by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network www.cban.ca in partnership with Beyond Factory Farming www.beyondfactoryfarming.org Join us in building the campaign. http://www.cban.ca/enviropig
Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)
Collaborative Campaigning for Food Sovereignty and Environmental Justice
431 Gilmour Street, Second Floor
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2P 0R5
Phone: 613 241 2267 ext.6
Fax: 613 241 2506