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Feb 5, 2010

Your Food, Your Choice: Grounds for Change

Posted: 04 Feb 2010 08:00 AM PST

Do you recognize that guy in the picture? (Art via COG Toronto)

COG Toronto is holding its annual conference with an impressive line up of speakers in the organics movement including Baerbel Hoehm, the first Agricultural Minister for the German Green Party and Michael Schmidt, the raw milk dairy farmer. The event will happen on Saturday, February 20, 2010 9 am to 5 pm at the University of Toronto Conference Centre (89 Chestnut St.., Toronto).


Baerbel Hoehm, the first Agricultural Minister for Germany from the Green Party will be sharing insights on what the German Government accomplished under her direction to support organic farming. In addition, we have just confirmed Michael Schmidt, the dairy farmer from Durham who was recently acquitted of all criminal charges relating to the sale and distribution of raw milk and raw milk products.

Check out our website for the latest on the conference program and our speakers.

In Summary

COG Toronto’s Annual Conference
Saturday, February 20, 2010
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
University of Toronto Conference Centre
89 Chestnut St., Toronto


We are also looking forward to hearing from Percy Schmeiser, the Saskatchewan farmer who challenged Monsanto, Rick Smith, Executive Director of Environmental Defence Canada to speak as one of the panel on Land vs Development: Questions about the Greenbelt, Tom Manley, President of Homestead Organics, who will speak on the panel about Slow Money, and Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project which is helping retailers take products containing GMO’s off their shelves.


There will be other great sessions in three streams, one for the Grower, one for the Eater and one for the Reformer, as well as a delicious organic lunch, a special song composed especially for the conference, a reading by Margaret Webb, author of Apples to Oysters: A Food Lover’s Tour of Canadian Farms, and a presentation to Wilhelm and Barnhild Pfenning of the Lifetime Organic Hero Award. This conference is not to be missed!


Presented by Canadian Organic Growers in association with The Big Carrot
$65 ($85 after Jan. 31); COG members $55
Rates for seniors, students and unwaged
Organic lunch included !
Info and registration: or 416-466-4420

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Posted: Feb 5, 2010 6:57am
Jan 8, 2009

Received from Organic Consumers Association:

Studies of the Week:
Multiple 2008 Studies Confirm Genetically Modified Crops Damage Human Health and the Environment

GMO Although genetically modified (GM) corn is banned in most of the world, it has been approved as "safe" for human consumption in the U.S. for 12 years and is now likely unknowingly consumed, in one form or another, by more than 90% of Americans on a regular basis. But a recent series of peer-reviewed studies were published in 2008 confirming previous studies indicating potentially severe health and environmental problems associated with the biotech crops. Recent alarming scientific research includes:

1) A new long term study by the Austrian government confirms previous findings that consumption of GM corn, for as little as 20 weeks, can damage the reproductive system, lower fertility rates and increase illness and death rates in offspring.

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2) Researchers in Mexico reported in December that some popular varieties of GM corn negatively affect the learning response of bees. Scientists say this may be an indicator of the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder, a recent catastrophic and mysterious die-off of as much as 30% of the world's honey bee population in the past couple of years.
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3) In Italy, scientists published a study that put the biotech industry in a public relations tailspin. In the study, laboratory tests showed a direct connection between consumption of GM corn and a damaged immune system.
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