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.
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 National Farmers Union calls for a new Seed Act for Farmers in which Canada recognizes the inherent rights of farmers to save, reuse, exchange and sell seeds.
The proposed changes of Bill C-18 would further undermine the resilience of our farming sector and entrench corporate control over vital elements of our food supply, namely seeds.
Vandana Shiva calls for a living democracy that respects the earth and opposes Canada's GMO-friendly agriculture Bill C-18.
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 Harper government's systematic path of destruction through Canada's public agriculture institutions continues with the closure of the Cereal Research Centre.
Our farms and food sovereignty are under threat if multinational agribusiness corporations continue to control the science used to make 'science-based' decisions and regulations on our farms.