Will farmers share in Dreyfus win over railway?

(February 4, 2019)  A couple of weeks ago there was a small news story about Louis Dreyfus successfully suing CN rail for failing to provide enough grain cars to its elevators. CN trotted out the usual excuses for being tardy:  it gets cold in the winter, there was a lot of grain to ship, and they have other customers.  It must be easy being a railway lawyer when it is just cut and paste from...

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Food Genetics – Carlier supports farmers

– will other prairie Ag Ministers follow his lead? (January 29, 2019)  For months prairie farmers have been pushing back against a so-called Seed Value/Seed Synergy proposal to effectively privatize Canada’s cereals genetics and give it to some of the largest agro-chemical-seed companies in the world. So it was good to see Alberta Minister of Agriculture Oneil Carlier quoted in the...

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Food Genetics – More Talking Points

(December 5, 2018)  In the previous article I went through some of the talking points advanced by supporters of privatization under the “Seed Value Creation/Seed Synergy” consultations.  I also posted a useful background article by a friend and colleague. In order to frighten farmers much has been made of the fact the Harper government went on a destructive rampage at Agriculture and...

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Food Genetics – Seed companies’ talking points

(November 30, 2018)  By now most grain farmers are aware that (by 2017) just three giant agro-chemical-seed companies dominate the global agrochemical and seed market.  These giants are certainly interested in taking control of the Canadian cereals genome away from farmers and the public interest.  Their friends and sympathisers are using a vehicle called “Seed Synergy” under the umbrella...

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Food Genetics – farmers created it all

(November 28, 2018)  Editor’s Note:  The Federal Government and representatives of the three giant agro-chemical-seed companies are working to take control of seed genetics away from prairie farmers and the Canadian public.  The following compilation of two articles by my late friend and colleague Paul Beingessner about how grain and other food genetics are created by farmers is more...

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Postal worker dedication critical to rural service

(November 23, 2018)  When there is a labour disruption at the Post Office it brings home the fact this is an important service.  Business and some of the media usually blame the Canadian Union of Postal Workers for being irresponsible with the implication postal workers’ concerns are frivolous.  CUPW started a rotating strike trying to get Canada Post’s management to address their health...

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