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Pragmatic Bill C-474 and the EnviroPigTM

Support Bill C-474

On Wednesday February 9th, 2011, Canadian parliament will hold a debate on Bill C-474, a Private Members Bill that would require “an analysis of potential harm to export markets be conducted before the sale of any new genetically engineered seed is permitted.” Bill C-474 arose as a result of the flax contamination crisis that began when genetically modified flaxseed, Triffid (not approved for human consumption), was discovered by the European Union, purchaser of 70% of Canada’s flax. The flax contamination crisis closed Canada’s flax export markets and drove flax prices down; and Canadian farmers still face the burden of paying for testing and clean-up. If the Bill is passed it would support Canadian farmers to help stop the production of genetically engineered wheat and alfalfa.

The Genetically Engineered (GE) Pig

The University of Guelph will profit financially from commercializing the hugely controversial GE pig trademarked “Enviropig,” a line of Yorkshire pigs with the capability to digest plant phosphorus more efficiently than ordinary unmodified pigs and to reduce phosphorous pollution and feed costs on farms. The GE pig could destroy the domestic and global markets for hog farmers. If the EnviropigTM is approved for consumption, it would open the market for more research and more GMO products. Are genetically modified products safe?

Join the Rally to stop the GM Pig
Wednesday, February 9, 12:30 - 1:00, The Cannon, University of Guelph

Free Transport from Toronto!

Catch the Big Carrot Bus! to Guelph. Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Join Members, Staff and Friends of the Big Carrot for the Pig Rally: Stop University of Guelph’s genetically modified “EnviropigTM”.

"The Big Carrot Natural Food Market has long opposed genetically engineered food crops. Now a genetically engineered pig from the University of Guelph could soon be approved! Members of Parliament will be visiting the UofG on Feb 9 to tour the biotech labs! Show our politicians and the Canadian public that we don't want GM pigs. To register our rejection of this monstrous application of technology we are chartering a bus to Guelph."

"The Big Carrot will provide return transport and distribute pig snout masks to all riders to wear at the Rally. The bus leaves at 9:30 am sharp (first come first seated!) on Wednesday February 9, 2011 and departs Guelph at 2:30. Free! Please Meet on Jackman Ave at the entrance to the parking lot.
Rally presented by: The Big Carrot, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario, Guelph PIRG, National Farmers Union Ontario."

Canadian Biotechnology Action Network

Bill C-474 Parliamentary Debate Transcript:

CBC News: Triffid Seed Threatens Flax Industry

STOP GMO Campaign: Bill C-474

The Big Carrot: Pig Rally Poster

EnviropigTM: The Other (Genetically Modified) white meat

EnviropigTM: Background


Event - The Future of the Food Sector

The food and agriculture sector from now on will look a lot different than it has for the last fifty years - and the young leaders in this forum are guiding the way.

Our speakers include those developing programs and policies that are changing the way we see the food system while doing work that will transform how we understand health, food access, community and sustainability. They will share a wealth of knowledge and ideas in leading-edge programs and policy frameworks being tried & tested in Toronto and Ontario universities, municipalities, non-profits and businesses.

Topics covered will include urban agriculture, local sustainable food procurement, food literacy and municipal policy. The forum will be a beneficial opportunity for anyone working or interested in food & agriculture, planning, health, environment and policy, whether in private enterprise, government or the citizen sector.

Refreshments (fair trade and local fare) will be provided.

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 22, 9:30-11:30AM
Location: Deer Park Library, room 204, 40 St. Clair Ave. East, Toronto

- Tracy Philippi, Chair, Toronto Youth Food Policy Council
- Jason Qu, Campus agriculture and food security initiatives, University of Toronto
- Jodi Callan, Senior Environmental Planner, City of Toronto
- Ian Hepburn-Aley, Urban Agriculture & Community Food Facilitator, FoodShare

Listen to Ian and Jason.

Cost: $35

Spots at discounted price are now taken. Thanks for your interest!

Registration: Register for this event by contributing $35 on our Get Involved page or by becoming a monthly Food Forward Supporter. Option to pay by cheque. Any questions, please write: darcy@pushfoodforward.com

This event is organized by and supports Food Forward



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Talking About Food... and Eating It, Too!

I used to think January was a dead month: many people take a few weeks to recover from the holidays (excessive eating and exposure to family members will do that), and for those of us living in more wintry climates, any interest in going outside is easily replaced by the desire to keep warm under a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate.

Then I met Food Forward, and my naive worldview went out the window... and immediately froze in mid-air and shattered on contact with the sidewalk. Later someone slipped on it and fell. You get the idea. If you only attend two events this month (okay three, because you should also come to the free screening of The Economics of Happiness), these are the ones for you:

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