Tuesday, January 28, 2014
The Seedy Side
stop Bill C-18 and corporate control of food
Submitted by Wendy Bales, FVRD Director, Area C
has been a concern of mine for a while. Bill C-18 could be rushed through
soon. It follows along with some of the things that I have learned at Free
Trade forums as well as what has been WIKI leaked about the TPP trade deal.
Please read, share, print, sign, and mail in this petition.
If you don’t have a printer please get in touch with Wendy
here or 604-820-1451
If you can, sign up a sheetload of friends. You can either mail it directly
to NFU address, or to me and I will see that it is mailed in. If you have
time write to your federal ministers.
National Farmers Union
2717 Wentz Avenue
We are already losing so much biodiversity of plants and animals from
pesticide or herbicide sprays. Don’t let large monopolies control the seeds
of life and diversity. Please read more below or at NFU
here. Read more about the Seed Act principles
here and at BlackBurn
Call to Action - Stop Bill C-18!
On Dec. 9, 2013, bill C-18 amends several Ag laws to give multi national
corps greater power and control over Canada's seed industry. The National
Farmers Union (NFU), has released "Fundamental Principles for a Farmers'
Seed Act" which recognizes the inherent rights of farmers to save, reuse,
select, exchange and sell seeds
How to Take Action
• Contact your Member of Parliament
• Canadian Ministry (Cabinet)
The petition to stop Bill C-18 is a hardcopy petition because
Parliamentarians cannot use an online petition - elected representatives
cannot recognize electronic signatures and, for this same reason, they
cannot read online petitions in the House of Commons. Additionally, both the
NFU and CBAN has had great success with this type of petition because it has
been part of a larger campaign that encourages people to directly contact
their MPs which is a far more influential action. Read more about Bill C-18
While online petitions can be signed and shared quickly, they are only
effective in certain circumstances. We need to encourage people to take
actions that will actually make a difference, and encourage people to take
that extra step if they can. We will continue to consider an appropriate
role for online tools but in the meantime the NFU is asking people to write
to their MP or collect signatures. Your support and action are appreciated.
“Those who control seed control food, and as a sovereign nation we must
ensure that control of seed and food is protected in the public interest",
said Terry Boehm, Chair of the The National Farmers Union Seed and Trade
This is not the farmers battle, it is our battle, about our food and your
Download the petition
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