I am a big believer in free choice. Some farmers are undoubtedly going to want to plant Monsanto's Roundup-ready alfalfa. However, when that choice threatens others' choices, it is up to government to step in and protect everyone.
Alfalfa is a crop that is widely spread by pollinators. It is virtually impossible to contain a variety to a field where it has been planted. Farmers, including organic producers, who decide not to choose non-GM varieties are under threat of having their fields and pastures contaminated by Monsanto's Roundup-ready alfalfa. This kind of contamination is already happening in the western United States, the first region to introduce Monsanto's alfalfa variety. More importantly, seed stocks could be threatened, as they already have been with non-GM grains.
Justin Trudeau's federal government can choose to prevent this kind of contamination of heirloom and traditional varieties by preventing the sale of Monsanto's alfalfa in Canada. David Dockendorff has initiated a petition to Canada's Minister of Agriculture, Lawrence MacAulay asking him to do just that. I have signed the petition and I would urge others who believe in food consumers and farmers right to choose do likewise: