Canadian farmers are contending with increasingly strict commercial rights on the seeds they buy. And there are fewer options in the public domain. These issues have led to calls for policy change.
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Canadians, via their governments, are increasingly giving up control of seed stock to multinational conglomerates.
Today's farmers can no longer assume they will continue to have the right to store and save seed from one year to the next. Storing of "copyrighted" seed is now regulated as "privilege."
If passed, Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act, will undermine Canada's food sovereignty and exacerbate food insecurity.
The Agricultural Growth Act, Bill C-18, is before Parliament. The potential changes vastly increase corporate control of seed and will result in higher seed costs for farmers in the future.
The Act proposes changes to nine pieces of federal legislation, seven under the oversight of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and two under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.