National Farmers Union Youth launch new video series

(April 9, 2014 - Victoria, BC) – Today the National Farmers Union Youth launched a video series that addresses major concerns with the proposed changes to Canada’s Plant Breeders’ Rights Act included in the omnibus agriculture bill, The Agricultural Growth Act (Bill C-18), which is currently before Parliament.

 “The three short videos highlight key mechanisms in Bill C-18 that increase the power and control of large breeders and severely restrict farmers’ autonomy and Canadian food sovereignty,” explained BC farmer and NFU Youth President, Alex Fletcher. ”These videos feature fellow NFU farmers and seed experts speaking from the heart, from experience and from their extensive knowledge about this issue.”

PhD candidate Terran Giacomini incorporated the video project into her studies as a contribution to the global movement for farmer justice. She explained, “Our goal is to help farmers and the public in general understand that making Canada’s laws compliant with UPOV ’91 through Bill C-18 would create a vast new area of rights for corporate plant breeders while taking away rights and creating a whole host of new problems for farmers.“

“With this video series, we as young farmers, want to raise the awareness of city people and farmers alike so that we can stop Bill C-18 from becoming law,” added NFU Youth Vice-President, Lisa Lundgard. “We are committed to building a better future for farmers and eaters – one that is based on a seed system that serves farmers instead of corporations.”

The video series can be viewed at http://www.nfu.ca/issue/video-series-save-our-seeds

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For more information:

Alex Fletcher, NFU Youth President: (250) 661-8099
Lisa Lundgard, NFU Youth Vice-President: (780) 338-2934
Terran Giacomini NFU Associate member: text to (905) 505-0171