February 4th, 2011

“Facing the Negative Impacts of Genetic Engineering on Farmers: GE Alfalfa, GE Pigs and Bill C-474″

Monday, February 7, 7:00 PM
1097 Thornbrough (THORN) 1307, University of Guelph  (steps away from bus stop in front of University Centre)

On Wednesday February 9, MPs from the House of Commons Agriculture Committee will visit the University of Guelph to see how they can help “foster an innovative and fertile” biotech industry. At the same time, the House is voting on Bill C-474 which would require an analysis of export market harm before a new GE seed is permitted.

The debate rages over negative economic impacts for farmers but these impacts are not given any consideration in government regulation of biotechnology. GE alfalfa is about to destroy organic food and farming in North America. The GE pig “Enviropig” from the University of Guelph could destroy markets for Canadian pork. Who benefits from genetic engineering? What, if anything, can we do to protect the interests of farmers and the public? What role can and should the university play?

Panel Speakers:

Sean McGivern, National Farmers Union Ontario, hog farmer

Roger Rivest, Ecological Farmers of Ontario, grain farmer

Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network

Moderator: Jodi Koberinski, Executive Director, Organic Council of Ontario

Forum presented by: The Big Carrot, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario, Guelph PIRG, Organic Council of Ontario, National Farmers Union Ontario, Guelph Chapter -Council of Canadians.

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