Remember Percy Schmeiser? Remember the case in Canadian courts in which he was sued by Monsanto for contamination of his crops with stray Monsanto seeds? And how he lost at the Supreme Court? Following along from that precedent, the onus is clearly, if unfairly, being put on non-GMO farmers whose crops are contaminated with stray GMO pollination or whatnot from the crops of their GMO growing neighbours.
How long will it be before it’ll cost more to insure your non-GMO crop against contamination than it will cost to use GMO seeds in the first place. Meanwhile organic standards will inevitably get diluted to recognize the impossibility of keeping the ubiquitous contamination out. Sadly it looks like the madness that is GMO farming, is becoming ever more entrenched on this continent.
From Tom Laskawy on Grist.org
“One of the big debates in agriculture right now involves “coexistence” between farmers who use genetically modified or GMO seeds and those who don’t. This is far more than an academic debate; in question is the risk of “contamination” of conventional or organic crops by GMO crops. The wind, insects, and even the farmers themselves can inadvertently cause this type of cross-pollination, and it puts organic farms at risk of losing their organic status and conventional farmers at risk of losing sales to countries that don’t allow imports of GMO foods. Continue reading
From Karen Selick, reprinted from the August 11 National Post:
Canada’s pending entry into the Trans Pacific Partnership has focused public attention – and well-deserved wrath – on the subsidies consumers are forced to pay to dairy and poultry farmers through the supply management system. However, I recently stumbled across a hidden agricultural subsidy most Canadians have probably never heard of, but are forced to pay for through their taxes.
My client Montana Jones came to the attention of National Post readers when her photo appeared on the front page of this newspaper in April under the headline “Have you seen this sheep?”
Ms. Jones is a breeder of a rare heritage breed of sheep called Shropshires. Thirty-one of her sheep were stolen by a group purportedly wishing to protect them, after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) ordered that they be destroyed and tested for a disease called “scrapie.” Continue reading
David E. Gumpert looks at how recent raw milk food rights cases have played out in legislatures and in the courts, on the Complete Patient blog:
“…Now, all that may be infringements on our rights, but until we get judges and legislators and governors agreeing with us, we’re skating on thin ice. And the best way to begin doing that is to accumulate evidence that raw milk is much safer than the “experts” would have the public think.
For a taste of what could well happen in the U.S. in the event food rights advocates begin winning some court cases, one need only look northward, to Canada. Since Michael Schmidt’s victory in an Ontario court backing his right to make milk available to a private group of cow share owners, not only has the Ontario government appealed to a higher court, but other Canadian provinces are cracking down harder than ever on raw milk providers. Continue reading
This just in from Ontario raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt:
Michael Schmidt and Mark McAfee at the Sacramento state capitol building for a state hearing.
“Bad News are Good News?
This makes it very clear once again: as further the distance becomes between farmer and consumer as more vulnerable we all become to regulations designed to control every aspect of our lives.
I always worried about Mark and his dependency on a few big retailers, which move lots of products instead of many little guys moving less products. I know it is easier and more convenient to have a big customer. Continue reading