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Federal official says UPOV ’91 will benefit farmers

Commissioner of plant breeders’ rights says enhanced intellectual property 
protection will bring more investment, better varieties, and greater choice

It’s a mistake to think that enhanced plant breeders’ rights only benefit seed companies, says the commissioner of plant breeders’ rights with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. “The net benefit, at the end of the day, is really going to be for farmers,” said Anthony Parker at FarmTech in January. The federal government is poised […] Read more

“No matter what model is chosen,  farmer money invested in farmer-funded research needs to be directed and controlled by farmers.” – Cole Christensen

Federal bill brings Canada one step closer to an end-point royalty system

Bill C-18 amends Plant Breeders’ Rights Act to bring it into compliance 
with an international seed treaty known as UPOV ’91

Federal NDP MPs only delayed the “inevitable” by voting against the Agricultural Growth Act (Bill C-18) in late November, said an Alberta Barley spokesperson at a recent meeting in Lacombe. “It might slow things down a bit, but nonetheless, we believe that it will be approved by Parliament in early 2015, after which work will […] Read more


Saving seed should be a right, not a privilege

Why should there be a law giving us a privilege now when for thousands of years this was a right that no one questioned? That is downgrading that right and the first step to taking it away. Will the next omnibus bill grant us the privilege to eat breakfast and the one after that grant […] Read more