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TITLE:  Major Prairies tour against GE wheat set to kick-off in Winnipeg
        Press conference in Winnipeg to launch a series of 11 public
        meetings
SOURCE: The Council of Canadians
        http://www.canadians.org/news_updates.htm?COC_token=
        1@@d5c02722371b1f5c11e6ea8f9467e8c0&step=2&id=79
DATE:   Feb 25, 2003

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Major Prairies tour against GE wheat set to kick-off in Winnipeg
Press conference in Winnipeg to launch a series of 11 public meetings

Monsanto has recently submitted an application for the dissemination of
Roundup Ready wheat - a wheat variety engineered to be resistant to
Roundup herbicide. Government officials expect to make a decision within
a year. Approval of genetically engineered wheat would represent a major
threat to farming in Canada, and it is up to the farming community and
urban consumers to speak out against this new danger.

This is the message that will soon be given to Manitoba, Saskatchewan and
Alberta urban and rural communities as The Council of Canadians, the
National Farmers' Union, the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate, and the
Parkland Institute organise a series of 11 public meetings in communities
across the three Prairie provinces.

Under the theme Planting Seeds of Doubt: Taking a stand against
genetically engineered wheat in Canada , the Tour will focus on the
dangers of the genetic contamination of traditional crops, the loss of
biodiversity, the inability to save seeds for replanting, the potential
market loss for wheat farmers, and the rural-urban resistance against GE
wheat.

WHAT:
Press Conference launching the Planting Seeds of Doubt: Taking a stand
against genetically engineered wheat in Canada Tour
WHEN:
Wednesday, February 26, 2003
WHERE:
University of Manitoba WHO:

Nadège Adam [Biotechnology Campaigner, Council of Canadians]
Fred Tait [Board member, National Farmers Union]
Todd Leake [Farmer to Farmer Campaign against Genetic Engineering (USA)]

PLANTING SEEDS OF DOUBT TOUR SCHEDULE
- February 26 - Winnipeg, MB - 7pm at Theatre 100, St. Paul's College, 70
Dysart St, U. of Manitoba
- March 1 - Melville, SK - 2:30pm at Elks Hall (Corner of Main Street and
2nd Ave.)
- March 3 - Humboldt, SK - 7pm at Humboldt Uniplex, Highway 5
- March 4 - Saskatoon, SK - 7pm at St. Joseph Parish Hall, Broadway and
8th Street
- March 5 - Rosetown, SK - 7pm at Legion Hall, 112 A, 1st Ave East
- March 6 - Swift Current, SK - 7pm at Semiarid Prairie Agricultural
Research Centre, Airport Road
- March 7 - Medicine Hat, AB - 7:30pm at Medicine Hat Museum and Art
Gallery, 1302 Bomford Crescent SW
- March 8 - Red Deer/Rimbey, AB - 7:30om at Stewart Room, Red Deer and
District Museum, 4525-47a Ave
- March 10 - Camrose, AB - 7:30 pm at Augustana University College, Room
C167, 4901-46 Ave
- March 11 - Edmonton, AB - 7:30pm at Engineering Complex, Shell Room, U.
of Alberta Campus, 91 Ave & 116 St.
- March 12 - Grand Prairie, AB - 7:30pm at Grande Prairie Regional
College, Room D208, 10726 106 Ave.

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For more information or to set up an interview in advance, please contact:
Nadège Adam, Campaigner - Council of Canadians - +1-613. 233.4487 ext.
245 or +1-613.295.0432
Guy Caron, Media Officer - Council of Canadians - +1-613.233.4487 ext.
234 or +1-613.795.8685 (cell.)
Darrin Qualman, National Farmers' Union, Saskatoon SK - +1-306.652.9465
Marc Loiselle, Saskatchewan Organic Directorate, Saskatoon SK - +1-
306.258.2192
Ricardo Acuda, Parkland Institute, Edmonton AB - +1-780.492.3952