8 April 2014
Write your MP to express your concern over omnibus Bill C-18, which would further erode farmers’ rights to save, reuse, select, exchange, and sell seeds.
The United Church is concerned that the omnibus Bill C-18 (Agricultural Growth Act) will continue the trend of concentrating power over food, in particular seeds, in ever fewer hands while increasing farmers' costs, reducing farmers' autonomy, and threatening Canada’s food and seed sovereignty.
Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act, is currently before Parliament. This omnibus bill proposes amendments to several federal agricultural laws including the Plant Breeders' Rights (PBR) Act, the Health of Animals Act, the Feeds Act, and the Seeds Act.
Bill C-18 is, we and other organizations believe, legislation designed to enable large agribusinesses to secure greater control over new plant varieties and seeds, and generate greater profits at the expense of Canada’s farmers. It would give multinational seed companies greater control over Canada’s food system. Canadians deserve a strong, healthy, and democratically controlled food system—one that allows farmers to retain customary use of seeds and to be fairly remunerated for their efforts.
As an alternative, some Canadian organizations, including the National Farmers Union (NFU), are calling for the creation of a new Seed Act for Farmers. It would
Please send copies of your letters or e-mails to:
Program Coordinator, Public Witness
E-mail: blloyd [at] united-church [dot] ca (Barbara Lloyd)
For more information:
Program Co-ordinator, Emergency Response and International Development
Tel. 416-231-7680 ext. 4051
Toll free: 1-800-268-3781 ext. 4051
E-mail: gkenny [at] united-church [dot] ca (Gary Kenny)
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