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Canada prepares for GM alfalfa co-existence

The Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) has published a co-existence plan for the possible introduction of genetically modified herbicide-tolerant alfalfa in eastern Canada. The plan does not advocate for or against the commercialisation of GM alfalfa and does not favour one production system over another, the CSTA points out. It includes a checklist of best management practices for farmers to ensure co-existence of organic, conventional and GM alfalfa production. Monsanto and Forage Genetics International (FGI) reintroduced glyphosate-tolerant Roundup Ready alfalfa in the US in 2012 after prolonged legal action over the USDA's 2005 deregulation decision (Agrow passim). FGI has not reached a decision on whether to introduce the technology in Canada but committed not to do so this year. Monsanto and FGI have expressed support for co-existence measures and have been engaged in the CSTA process.

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