Two stories once again are showing how carelessness in food production and a lax regulatory framework, as well as popular pressure and resistance on food issues, can have dramatic results.
genetically engineered seeds
Canadian farmers are contending with increasingly strict commercial rights on the seeds they buy. And there are fewer options in the public domain. These issues have led to calls for policy change.
Canadians, via their governments, are increasingly giving up control of seed stock to multinational conglomerates.
Today's farmers can no longer assume they will continue to have the right to store and save seed from one year to the next. Storing of "copyrighted" seed is now regulated as "privilege."
Monsanto is an example of how big coporations are hurting small scale farmers
The expansion of Monsanto's current office on the University of Manitoba of campus raises opposition from protesters.
Curling fans might be shocked to learn that Brier sponsor Monsanto is at the centre of farmer and consumer battles over genetically engineered seeds and increasing corporate control in farming.