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Web Posted | May 27 2003 06:02 PM CDT http://Sask.cbc.ca/regional/servlet/View?filename=monsanto030527

Wheat board tells Monsanto to withdraw GM bid

REGINA - The Canadian Wheat Board is calling on Monsanto to withdraw its application for approval of its Roundup Ready wheat. The application is being considered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Board chair Ken Ritter writes in a letter sent to the president of Monsanto Canada, that the approval of GM wheat could have a devastating impact on Western Canadian farmers.

READ THE DOCUMENTS: Ritter's letter to Monsanto MARCH 20, 2003: Monsanto endures barrage of farmer demands Ritter says Monsanto could face a backlash from farmers if it pursues current plans for GM wheat approval. "Monsanto sells a lot of product in Western Canada and a lot of farmers use their product and it is certainly my hope that sane, commercial people in that company will view their commercial position with farmers and make the common sense decision to withdraw," Ritter says. Trish Jordan, a spokesperson for Monsanto, says the company thinks Roundup Ready wheat will add value to the industry instead of hurting it. "We're not going to move forward and put our Canadian business in jeopardy by doing anything that is going to cause concern or harm for the industry," says Jordan. "Our whole goal is to find a way to add value to the industry and we continue to believe that it will." She says the application before the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is only the first step, in what could be a long process.

 
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