ORGANIC FARMERS AND SEED SELLERS SUE MONSANTO TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM PATENTS ON GENETICALLY MODIFIED SEED:
Preemptive Action Seeks Ruling That Would Prohibit Monsanto From Suing Organic Farmers and Seed Growers If Contaminated By Roundup Ready Seed
In December 2006, the Organic Value Chain Roundtable (OVCRT) was launched to build a shared understanding of its competitive position, create consensus on how to improve it, and put plans into action. Its members represent a wide cross section of the Canadian organic sector including producers, processors, distributors, retailers and exporters.
Find out more about the OVCRT by going to their website.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is reminding the organic sector that the Organic Products Regulations Stream of Commerce and Enforcement Policy will expire on June 30, 2011. The policy will be replaced with the standard CFIA compliance and enforcement activities including:
-detailing non-compliant products and or removing them from store shelves
-correcting non-compliant labeling
-returning non-compliant imported products back to the country of origin
Make sure that your packaging and labels are ready! Click here to read the CFIA press release.
Message provided by Canadian Organic Growers.
Small-scale farmers can double food production within 10 years in critical regions by using ecological methods, a new UN report shows. Based on an extensive review of the recent scientific literature, the study calls for a fundamental shift towards agroecology as a way to boost food production and improve the situation of the poorest.
Barry Wilson - Western Producer 24 March 2011
This week, MPs on the House of Commons agriculture committee resumed debate on a Liberal motion to impose a moratorium on approval of genetically modified alfalfa varieties.
While organic producers and anti- GMO activists insist that Roundup Ready alfalfa be kept out of the Canadian market, the Liberal motion has some in the industry scratching their heads.
They have a question for the politicians debating the issue and media covering it: impose a moratorium on what exactly?
The debate is more than five years too late.
NEWS RELEASE 8 March 2011
GENEVA, 8 March 2011 – Small-scale farmers can double food production within 10 years in critical regions by using ecological methods, a new UN report* shows. Based on an extensive review of the recent scientific literature, the study calls for a fundamental shift towards agroecology as a way to boost food production and improve the situation of the poorest.