Tonight at 5:30 all Members of Parliament will be called to the House of Commons for various votes including the vote on the sixth report from the Agriculture Committee – this is the request to allow a 30-day extension to the debate on Bill C-474.
Please call your MP and ask them to be present tonight in the House to
vote for the extension. You can search for your MP with your postal
code at www.parl.gc.ca
You can also call Liberal Agriculture Critic Wayne Easter: (613)
You can also call Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff: (613) 995-9364
Posted in Canadian Politics & Food, Food Security, Take Action!
Tagged Agriculture, Alex Atamanenko, Conservative Party, Ignatieff, Liberal Agriculture Critic, Liberal leader, MP, National Farmers Union, Support Bill C-474, Wayne Easter
From The Western Producer April 20 2010
By Terry Boehm, National Farmers Union
Canada and the European Union are negotiating a new free trade agreement, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
This agreement with the EU is no small matter for farmers. The CETA, if implemented, will, as much as the North American Free Trade Agreement or the World Trade Organization, transform Canadian agriculture and farms. And not for the better. The CETA will further intensify Canada’s farm income crisis.
The CETA would mean many changes, but none would be more negative or sweeping than its effect to extinguish farmers’ rights to save and use seeds.
Worse, the agreement would give enforcement powers to any corporation that asserted a farmer had infringed the company’s intellectual property rights.
The CETA would require Canada to implement the UPOV ’91 version of plant breeders’ rights (PBR). That version of the International Convention for the Protection of New Plant Varieties would virtually eliminate farmers’ rights to save, reuse and sell seed.
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Tagged Biotech Companies, Canada-Europe free trade agreement, Canadian Food Politics, CETA, Food Security, National Farmers Union, Small Farmer, Support Bill C-474, Sustainability, Take Action!, Terry Boehm
Canada-Europe trade deal could virtually eliminate farmers’ rights to save seed: National Farmers Union
The third round of trade negotiations with Europe concludes this week
in Ottawa – National Farmers Union says leaked draft text reveals that
the Canada-Europe trade deal could virtually eliminate farmers’ rights
to save seed in Canada. GMOs exempt from the agreement as European
opposition continues. For more information see http://www.cban.ca/Resources/Topics/Trade
National Farmers Union, Press Release, April 21, 2010
Secret text of Canada-EU Trade Deal Released: The agreement may be the largest single issue on farm-policy horizon.
OTTAWA, Ont. NFU President Terry Boehm was in Ottawa Monday to
participate in the release of a draft text of the Canada-EU
Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The NFU is a
partner in the newly-formed Trade Justice Network, the group that
released the text. Boehm also spoke at a well-attended evening
meeting in Ottawa dealing with the CETA.
“We now have in-hand a proposed agreement that would reshape Canadian
agriculture: reducing farm support program spending; radically
rewriting the laws that govern farmers’ seed saving and re-use; and
probably in the future, opening another front in the attacks against
the Canadian Wheat Board and supply management,” said NFU President
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Tagged Canada-Europe free trade agreement, Canadian Food Politics, CBAN, Darrin Qualman, Director of Research, Lucy Sharratt, National Farmers Union, NFU President, Support Bill C-474, Take Action!, Terry Boehm
If anyone would like to “correct” the Canadian Curling
Association, you can write to Greg Stremlaw, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Curling Association 613-834-2076, ext 117
firstname.lastname@example.org 1660 Vimont Court Cumberland, Ontario K4A 4J4
(Please, please email this man)
Halifax, Thursday, March 11, 2010 “The corporate sponsor of this
week’s Brier, biotechnology company Monsanto, is under intense
scrutiny from environmental, consumer and farmer groups in Nova
Scotia, and across Canada and the world.
“Many curling fans might be shocked to learn that the Brier sponsor
Monsanto is at the centre of farmer and consumer battles over
genetically engineered seeds and increasing corporate control in
farming,” said Marla MacLeod of Ecology Action Centre, a Nova Scotia-
wide environmental group. “We are saddened that the great Brier
championship is now associated with this relentlessly controversial
company,” said MacLeod.
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Tagged Ban GM crops, Biotech Companies, Canadian Food Politics, Canadian Womens Curling Association, CBAN, Food Security, GM Alfalfa, Lucy Sharratt, National Farmers Union, Support Bill C-474, USDA
National Farmers Union Press Release
JANUARY 18, 2010
GRAIN COMPANIES EXPLOIT FLAX SITUATION TO
TIGHTEN VISE ON FARMER SEED SAVING
SASKATOON, SK: Grain company Viterra wants to force all farmers wishing
to grow flax in 2010 to purchase certified seed. A Viterra spokesman
delivered that message in a presentation on January 11 at the Crop
Production Show in Saskatoon.
Viterra and others are pushing the requirement for certified seed as a
purported solution to the problem of the Triffid contamination in flax
shipments to Europe. Triffid is a genetically modified variety not
approved in Europe. But the NFU believes that the proposed certified
seed cure is the wrong one, and that there will be long-lasting and
negative side effects.
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Tagged CBAN, Certified Seed, Food Security, Lucy Sharratt, National Farmers Union, NFU, Sustainability, Triffid, Viterra