Food Inc. You’ll never look at dinner the same way!
How much do we really know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families? Food, Inc. filmmakers lift the veil on the food industry for a close and shocking look at the not so savory underbelly of the US food industry, well hidden from everyday consumers.
We’re much better off here in Canada – or are we?
Join the Climate Change Action Group of Erin and Credit Valley Conservation for an exposé on the industrialization of our food system and its effect on our environment, health, and economy.
Thursday, May 20 Film starts at 7:00 pm sharp! (doors open at 6:30) Erin Canadian Legion Hall 12 Dundas St. East, Erin
FREE admission, plus great prizes and organic popcorn too! Film Sponsored by Treehaven Natural Foods in honour of Helen Lakusta
For more information contact: Liz Armstrong, Climate Change Action Group of Erin 519-833-4676, ext. #1 Lisa Brusse, Credit Valley Conservation 905-670-1615 Ext. 444
Come out to hear Gerard Choplin from Via Campesina Europe talk about farming, GMOs and trade - 4 events starting Saturday... the Canada-Europe Free Trade Agreement negotiations next week in Ottawa form an attack on Canadian and European farmers and the right to save seed!
Event Tour Notice: April 17 -21 Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto
Halifax, Saturday, April 17 - International Day of Peasant Struggle in support of Via Campesina and Food Sovereignty
11:00am- March starting at the Farmer's Market (Lower Water St) Bring instruments, banners, placards, friends and family! 12:00pm- Celebration on the North Commons Food, Speakers, information, entertainment, drum circle, puppets, face painting, guerrilla gardening & goats!
Speakers include: Gerard Choplin - Via Campesina European Coordination, Members of the National Farmers Union, Local Food Activists For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org Endorsed by: Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, National Farmers Union, Via Campesina, Oxfam, CAF, KAFKA, FAC, ACORN, Food Not Bombs. NSPIRG, The Grainery
Trade Justice Now! European voices against a Canada-Europe free trade agreement
Ottawa - Monday, April 19, 7:00-9:00 pm Saint Paul’s University Amphitheatre, 223 Main Street, Ottawa (Traduction simultanée sera fournie sur place)
Montréal - Le mardi 20 avril à 19 h Pavillon Athanase-David de l’UQAM, local D-R200 1430, rue Saint-Denis, (angle Maisonneuve, métro Berri-UQAM)
Toronto - Wednesday, April 21, 7:00-9:00 pm International Student Centre (Pendarvis Room), University of Toronto, 33 St. George Street (just north of College)
Food sovereignty, public services, climate justice… All are under threat from a new free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union. Haven’t heard of it? That’s because even though negotiations are halfway finished, the public is being kept in the dark.
Join us to hear three prominent European social justice activists speak about Europe’s international trade agenda and raise questions about a free trade and investment agreement with Canada.
Featuring: Gérard Choplin, Via Campesina European Coordination, Belgium Rolv Hanssen, Public Services International, Norway Frédéric Viale, Attac-France, author of L’horreur européenne, France
This is the biggest, most intrusive free trade agreement Canada has ever considered. It could be nastier than NAFTA or the WTO. Negotiators are in Ottawa April 19 to 23 for what has been called the most important round of the free trade talks. They’re finalizing new rules that could affect culture, public services, environmental protection, economic development, water, health care, broadcasting policy, farmers and much more.
Presented by the Trade Justice Network. The Trade Justice Network is comprised of a number of environmental and civil society organizations as well as trade unions that have come together to challenge the scope and process of the Canada European Union free trade negotiations, and to highlight the need for a more sustainable, equitable and socially just international trade regime.
Subject: [cban e-News] Release: MPs listen to Canadians ahead of industry onGM CropsDate: 4/15/2010 10:44:50 AM
MPs listen to Canadians ahead of industry on GM Crops
Groups applaud MPs for moving Bill C-474 to Committee for study
For Immediate Release
Ottawa. Thursday, April 15, 2010 – Last night, Parliament passed Private Members Bill C-474 through second reading, in spite of intense pressure from the biotech industry. The Bill, which would require analysis of potential harm to export markets before the sale of new genetically modified (GM) seeds, will now be studied by the House of Commons Agriculture Committee.
“Finally MPs are taking steps to protect farmers from the economic chaos that GM crops can cause,” said Terry Boehm, President of the National Farmers Union, “GM contamination has already seriously damaged major export markets for Canadian flax farmers and would threaten the markets for our alfalfa and wheat growers.”
The NDP and Bloc Quebecois supports the Bill and last night Liberal Party MPs voted to allow the Bill to go to this next stage. The Conservative Party strongly opposes the Bill, though two B.C. Conservative MPs voted in favour. The Bill was introduced by Alex Atamanenko, NDP Agriculture Critic and MP for B.C. Southern Interior.
“Last night, the majority of MPs listened to Canadians instead of the biotech industry,” said Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, “MPs will now have the opportunity to study and debate this Bill. We are witnessing the first substantive debate in Parliament over the negative impacts of GM crops.”
The biotech industry lobbied vigorously to stop the upcoming debate at Committee. Yet the strength of public and farmer concern over GM crops was apparent to MPs. Over 9000 thousand letters were sent from constituents in the past month asking MPs to support the Bill. At least 6 MPs were also presented with petitions.
Bill C-474 was supported by the National Farmers Union, which urged Parliamentarians and all Canadians, to support the Bill. The Canadian Federation of Agriculture took a cautious stance in favour of moving the Bill forward, to encourage debate at Committee.
“The current GM flax contamination crisis shows the value of this Bill. And the threat of GM alfalfa has made the Bill an urgent necessity,” said Sharratt. Canadian flax export markets closed in October 2009 when GM contamination was detected.
“We will not stand by and watch farmers struggle alone against the corporate juggernaut of biotechnology,” said Sharratt, “The time when Canadians are expected to accept GM crops without question, is over.”
For more information: Terry Boehm, National Farmers Union, 306 255 2880; Lucy Sharratt, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, 613 241 2267 ext.6.
Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)
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