A public meeting will be held Wednesday, Feb. 19, to discuss farmers' rights to save, reuse and exchange and sell seeds, and to develop a strategy to defeat Bill C-18.
The meeting, hosted by the National Farmers Union, will take place at 8 p.m. at the Dutch Inn in North River.
The union says that Bill C-18 "will erode farmers' rights regarding seeds."
The bill, if passed, would amend the Plant Breeders' Rights Act, changing certain aspects of the plant breeders' rights, including the duration and scope of those rights and conditions for the protection of those rights.
It would also amend the Feeds Act, the Fertilizers Act, the Seeds Act, the Health of Animals Act and the Plant Protection Act to, among other things, (a) authorize inspectors to order that certain unlawful imports be removed from Canada or destroyed; (b) authorize the Agriculture and Agri-Food minister to take into account information available from a review conducted by the government of a foreign state when he or she considers certain applications; (c) authorize the minister to issue certificates setting out any information that he or she considers necessary to facilitate certain exports; and (d) require that a registration or a licence be obtained for conducting certain activities in respect of certain feeds, fertilizers or supplements that have been imported for sale or that are to be exported or to be sent or conveyed from one province to another.
Storm date for the meeting is Thursday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. at the same location.