Canada Blocking Consensus at International Seed Treaty Meeting

The potential for the Harper government to open the doors to companies like Monsanto appear high…


A press release from the NDP of Canada:

Harper Government again sides with multinationals over farmers, risking our food production

OTTAWA -New Democrat Agriculture Critic Alex Atamanenko is demanding
that the government stop blocking measures to protect farmers against
large corporations. Right now, in Tunisia, Canada’s representatives at
a meeting of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant
and Genetic Resources are holding up a resolution under negotiation to
reaffirm farmers’ rights to save, use, exchange and sell their seeds.

“Far too often we see Canada blocking consensus at international
forums in order to further the interests of multinational corporations
who have been allowed to use patents as an instrument of control over
the seed market,” said Atamanenko. “It is time for our government to
get behind the more wholesome system of food production, that most
countries around the world are fighting for.”

The action plan in the draft resolution which has been approved by
all the member states except for Canada has three main elements:

  1. Review all existing seed legislation for their impact on farmers’
    rights, including provisions on intellectual property rights (patents)
  2. Workshops and capacity building on farmers rights in different countries
  3. An ongoing information sharing and monitoring mechanism in each country on farmers’ rights.

“This is an important opportunity to be part of an international
commitment to protect farmers’ rights, especially in regards to seed
legislation,” stated Atamanenko. “Most Canadians want to be a part a
global consensus against the corporate monopoly of the world’s seeds,
and it would be a travesty if our government were to vote against this
important resolution.


To see the original press release from the New Democratic Party of Canada, go to:

Contact the NDP to enquire more about this issue.

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