Sowing Seeds: A European Perspective - European Farmers in SW Ontario

Date: 
Fri, 02/26/2016 - 13:00 - 15:00
Sowing Seeds: A European Perspective
 
NFU brings European Farmers to southwestern Ontario on February 26 to discuss seed laws and other farm policies
 
The Sowing Seeds: A European Perspective tour comes to Perth County on February 26, 2016. German farmer, Claudia Schievelbein and Guy Kastler, from France, will share experiences on seed laws, trade, farm policies and advocacy during an afternoon public meeting at the Brodhagen Community Centre in West Perth. This public meeting is hosted by Perth/Oxford National Farmers Union (NFU's) Local 341.
 
Claudia Schievelbein is part of a northern German farm family that grows everything from organic potatoes to oilseeds and grains. She is also a journalist with knowledge about German seed laws and the effects of international policies. Guy Kastler has farmed in southern France since 1983. He has been an advisor and an activist on key seeds rights legal actions in France. The two farmers will also visit and speak with farmers in Manitoba and Quebec.
 
In February, 2015, Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act, became law in Canada. This act brought Canada under the UPOV '91 plant breeders' rights regime. Farmers in many European countries are already familiar with farming under UPOV '91. The Sowing Seeds: A European Perspective tour is an opportunity for farmers from different countries to learn from each other about the impacts and abilities of farm advocacy and education in relation to UPOV '91, CETA and other farm policies.
 
The Sowing Seeds: A European Perspective public meeting in Ontario takes on February 26, 1 – 3 p.m. at the Brodhagen Community Centre, 6708 Perth Line 44 West Perth (northwest of Mitchell). Everyone is welcome.
 
For more information contact tour organizer Joan Brady, jbrady@hay.net or Perth/Oxford NFU Local secretary Ann Slater, aslater@quadro.net or 519-349-2448.