April 17, 2014

Take Action / Events



Kelowna BC - Stop the GM Apple, and Protect ALR

Farmers and the public from across the Okanagan are converging outside the Delta Grand Hotel Saturday Feb 15th at 11:30 for the “Get Vocal about Local” rally to save the ALR and “Keep it Pure and Fresh with No GMO Apples.”

Representatives of the Provincial gov't and Federal MP Ron Cannan will be meeting with BC fruit growers - who oppose the GM apple - at the Delta Grand on Saturday at their annual general meeting with over 500 members from across the province attending. In response, we are rallying to defend the ALR and say No to GMO Apples being approved for growing and consumption.

Guest speaker for the rally is the Opposition Critic for Agriculture MLA Nicholas Powell.

The public is asked to gather at the Dolphins by the Grand at 11 am. The “Get Vocal about Local” rally begins at 11:30 am.

This rally is endorsed by The True Food Foundation, the Council of Canadians Kelowna Chapter, The Okanagan Greens Society, BeeSafe, The Society for a GE Free BC, and Locals Supporting Locals. Contact: Heidi Osterman 250-878-9437

"Seeds" The Play

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"Seeds" is about the legal battle between Percy Schmeiser and Monsanto based on court trial transcripts, interviews and media material. Produced by Crow's Theatre and starring Eric Peterson.
March 26-April 12, Ottawa
Frederic Wood Theatre
6354 Crescent Road, University of British Columbia
7:30PM (Jan 22–25)
2:00PM (Jan 25–26)
(160 min, with intermission)
Post-Performance Talks : January 23, 24, 26

Tickets: Advance $27–33 | Door $29–35 Group rate: $23

Ottawa, National Arts Theatre March 26, April 12

Is that a mutant organism on your dinner plate? Some accuse the multinational agricultural company Monsanto of being a latter-day Frankenstein who has lost control of its genetically modified offspring, cropping up unexpectedly in fields and supermarkets across the land. When a Saskatchewan farmer decides to fight back, Monsanto flexes its muscles and a four-year court case ensues.
Consider these three things about this docu-theatre work: one, every word spoken onstage is a verbatim quote from court transcripts and interviews; two, it’s more than a modern-day David versus Goliath; and three, one story conceals a much more ominous one. In a suspenseful staging by Chris Abraham—featuring a cast of seven that includes iconic Canadian actor Eric Peterson (Corner Gas, Street Legal, Billy Bishop Goes to War)—Annabel Soutar’s explosive play lets everyone have their say: farmers, researchers, lawyers, activists and Monsanto public relations reps, each one playing a role in the grand theatre that is the modern economy.

Montreal’s Porte Parole uses theatre as its medium to engage in political dialogue. Each of their productions dives deep down into the human detail of urgent current event stories.

"Seeds is great journalism and even better theatre, combining the exacting techniques of both in a brilliantly original way." - Montreal Gazette

Shoresh Food Conference

Sunday February 2, 2014, Toronto
9:30 AM-6:00 PM Location: Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Avenue
Space is limited. Register here today. Admission: $108

Registration includes a kosher, vegetarian, culturally-inspired, delicious lunch that is being prepared in a community member's kosher kitchen. All ingredients are hekshered.

Kosher? Local? Organic? Oy Vei!

Feed your curiosity and join local rabbis, farmers, foodies, activists, students for a full-day conference as we broadly and deeply explore the intersections between Jewish tradition and contemporary food issues.

Including the panel:
Canola, Corn, Soy...OY! A Multi-Faith and Multi-Sector Response to Genetically Modified Foods

Shari Golberg, (PhD), Founder, Shema & Iqra': The Jewish-Muslim Text-Project, Jordan Helfman, Assistant Rabbi,Holy Blossom Temple, Ziyaad Mia, Lawyer and Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Law School, Lucy Sharratt, Co-ordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, Catherine Wright, PhD candidate in Christian Ethics at Regis College
GMOs are in many of the foods we eat. Do our religious traditions have anything to say about GMOs? How do we respond to them? Exploring religious dietary restrictions, laws, ethics and environmental values we will hear diverse perspectives on GMOs. This panel includes Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Biotechnical perspectives.

More information: http://shoresh.ca/shoresh-food-conference

COG Toronto Conference

The Organic Vision - in Search of Change

Saturday, February 22, 2014, Toronto

Admission: $55 COG member, seniors and students ($65 after Feb. 15) $65 Non members ($85 after Feb. 15)

A one-day conference for everyone with an interest in healthy food that nourishes people and the environment. Includes organic lunch and exhibits.

Including: Dr. Thierry Vrain, after a 30-year career as a scientist with Agriculture Canada, no longer supports genetic engineering technology. Alarmed by the avalanche of scientific studies out of Europe raising many concerns about the long-term safety of GE foods, he is intent on increasing public awareness about this growing issue and having the federal agencies in the US and Canada take notice.

More information: http://www.cogtoronto.org/COG_Toronto/2014_Conference.html

How to Feed 9 Billion on a Small Planet: Webcast!

Growing evidence shows that agroecology WILL feed the world. "Business as usual" will NOT!
View the event here: http://usc-canada.org/feedingtheworld/

Featuring: Miguel Altieri (University of California, Berkeley) a world leading authority on agroecology - will speak on ecological agriculture as a key solution to food insecurity, hunger, and climate change. He'll be joined by panelists:

  • Jean-Martin Fortier, farmer and author of The Market Gardener,
  • Sarah Archibald, Campus Food Systems Project Coordinator, and
  • Henry Lickers, Environmental Science Officer, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne.
  • Bob Carty, former top CBC radio journalist, will moderate the webcast.

For more information, please contact genevieve@usc-canada.org.

This event is organized by USC Canada, Inter Pares, Food Secure Canada, School of International Development and Global Studies, Sierra Youth Coalition, Meal Exchange, ETC Group, CBAN, Ram's Horn, National Farmers Union, and Development and Peace.

Film! "To Make A Farm"

Featuring the organic farmer/professional animator behind CBAN's new animated film on GM alfalfa. Watch as Nathan Carey and other young farmers establish their farms.

Click here for more info and a schedule of screenings across Canada.

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