The stated desire to expand the volume of US wheat exports into Canada is not a believable reason for demands to gain access to our grading system. However, it would benefit the multinational grain companies that support the US wheat lobby to dismantle our CGC grading system and instead have all wheat sold on specifications instead of by class and grade.
The CGC is the federal government agency that regulates grain handling in Canada and certifies the quality, safety and quantity of export shipments of Canadian grain.
October 2014: We are often told that we need genetically modified (GM) crops to feed a growing population and reduce hunger around the world. Although compelling, this claim is false, and ignores the many negative impacts of the technology. CBAN’s report examines experiences with GM crops from around the world and exposes the many ways in which they threaten the environment and farmers’ livelihoods, and overlook the real causes of hunger. Using case studies from around the world, the report shows that there is no place for GM crops in an ecologically sustainable and socially just food system.
A National Farmers Union webinar, offered in collaboration with Food Secure Canada to learn about the new omnibus bill, Bill C-18, the Agriculture Growth Act, and the National Farmers Union’s proposals for a Farmers Seed Act was held onThursday, February 13th.
Bill C-18, the “Agricultural Growth Act” omnibus bill, amending several federal agricultural laws, was introduced in Parliament on December 9, 2013. If passed, it will give multi-national agri-business much more money, power and control while increasing farmers’ costs and reducing farmers’ autonomy and Canadian sovereignty. The NFU has identified key points based on its detailed analysis.
Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz claims that Bill C-18, the Agriculture Growth Act, will not stop farmers from saving seed. But is he telling the whole story?
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Canadian farmers and consumers oppose the release of genetically engineered (also called genetically modified, or GM) alfalfa because it is impossible to keep it from spreading to farms, fields and food sources where it is not wanted. Altered gene sequences are contained in the plant’s pollen, which is carried by bees from flower to flower, over long distances.
The case for preventing the introduction of Roundup Ready Alfalfa: If GM alfalfa is introduced in Eastern Canada, contamination of non-GM alfalfa will be unavoidable. There are several ways in which this gene flow can occur.
by Susan MacVittie, published in the Watershed Sentinel, March/April 2013