Environmental groups have forced Ottawa to review the approval of up to 383 pesticide products containing 23 active ingredients including many with links to cancer and water contamination.
After a legal challenge by Ecojustice on behalf of Equiterre and the David Suzuki Foundation, the federal government will examine these pesticide products, which contain ingredients that are already banned for us in Europe, and will decide whether to ban or restrict their use in Canada.
It’s time we got familiar with this word: Agroecology.
Why? Because it holds some powerful (and completely doable) solutions to fixing the global food system and feeding people.
Take a look at the two very different approaches to agriculture and food in this infographic: From Soil to Sky – Agroecology vs Industrial Agriculture, developed by the Christensen Fund. You can draw your own conclusions.
Organic Alberta and the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security are partnering with two organizations to host seed internships this summer. Learn about selecting planting, growing and documenting rare varieties, saving and storing seed and how to select plants for regional adaptability. In 2014, internship opportunities are in Lac Labiche, Alberta and Leaf Rapids, in Northern Manitoba.
Alberta Open Farm Days is currently seeking farms and ranches who would like to participate in the 2014 Alberta Open Farm Days. Alberta Open Farm Days is about farmers and ranchers inviting their urban and rural neighbours to stop in for a visit to share stories, see demonstrations, and learn more about the farmers who grow their food. For more information and to register, click here.
Background: CBC continues its coverage on organic issues, largely stemming from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency conducting chemical residue tests on produce in the Canadian marketplace. The tests detected pesticide residues on 50% of organic produce, which made headlines about ten days ago.