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Precautionary Principle

Bill C-474

The debate over Bill C474 has demonstrated exactly how the partnership of Canadian politics and agribusiness now work. Bill C474 called for the amendment of the federal Seeds Regulations to require that an “analysis of potential harm to export markets” be conducted before federal permission is granted for the sale of a new GM seed. The private Members Bill C-474 was introduced by Alex Atamanenko, NDP Agriculture Critic and MP for BC Southern Interior in November 2009.

Protecting Canadian Alfalfa

Consumers might well wonder why all the fuss about alfalfa. Well, if you purchase naturally raised meat or organic milk or cheese products or eat sprouts and use herbal remedies to treat your ills, you better pay attention. The Canadian government has once again enabled Monsanto, the arch villain to organic and conventional farmers everywhere, to strike another blow against the organic and natural food market as they continue to wage a war on consumers who prefer to eat natural foods.

A Factory Farm Near You

Factory Farms in USAFactory Farms in USAIf you find this image disturbing as your heart goes out to the US citizens who live and work in these animal sweatshops, you may find it interesting that Canadians are really no better off. Canadian livestock produced approximately 164 billion kilograms of manure in 2001. That amount of manure would fill Toronto's Rogers Centre sky dome stadium 103 times per year.

Attack of the Jellyfish

No Brain...no heart...no lungs... and they're taking over. No, this isn't a Stephen King tale of horror, but it's no less scary. In the early fall of 2007 billions of jellyfish attacked a salmon farm in Northern Ireland destroying more than 100,000 fish. In Japan, the number of jellyfish has risen so dramatically they are devastating the livelihoods of fishermen. Mass jellyfish sightings are now common along the Mediterranean coast, off southern Africa, the west coasts of England, Wales and Scotland, the beaches of Waikiki, and the Gulf of Mexico.

These giant jellyfish can grow up to 2 meters (6 ft 7 in) in diameter and weigh up to 200 kg (440 lb). And, they pack a wallop. Over 19,000 stings were reported in the Mediterranean last summer including resorts in Italy and France. Twelve thousand pounds of jellyfish were scooped up in three days off the Costa Tropical last year.

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