Category Archives: Seed News

The organic market is open in Japan!

Big news for Canadian organic companies this week. The Canadian Organic Trade Association has been working long and hard on this, and it has finally come through: equivalency with Japan, the largest Asian market! This means products certified organic in … Continue reading

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Bill C-18 delayed

The bill that will bring in UPOV ’91 to Canada has reached its second reading in the house, but will be delayed until the Fall, when Parliament resumes. This will leave more time for farmers and the public to weight … Continue reading

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Open Source Seed

A group of scientists, seed growers and breeders have launched a new campaign in an effort to keep seeds in the hands of farmers. The new website was launched with much fanfare, including an interview on CBC radio’s As It Happens. The … Continue reading

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GE Alfalfa release delayed

Forage Genetics International, the licence-holder of GE alfalfa that was approved for registration in Canada last year, has delayed its Canadian release for another year. Read the story in the Western Producer here. This news comes in the wake of … Continue reading

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North Dakota seed growers named farmers of the year

From the MOSES (Mid-west Organic and Sustainable Education Service) conference, the largest organic conference in the US (1300 people this year). More on the conference here http://mosesorganic.org/conference/ This is a great talk about organic seed production, selecting varieties for Northern … Continue reading

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UPOV 91 is coming: corporate control moves beyond seed

The federal government recently announced intentions to enact UPOV 91, claiming that this brings Canada in line with other developed countries. UPOV stands for the International Union for the Protection of Plant Varieties. Canada currently has ratified UPOV 78, which gives … Continue reading

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