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Feb
22

A Conversation with the United Nations about the Right to Food

A Conversation with the United Nations about the Right to Food

March 4 & 5
The Right to Food in Canada? A conversation with Olivier de Schutter,
UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
Le droit à l’alimentation au Canada, Une conversation avec Olivier de Schutter,
le rapporteur spécial de l’ONU pour le droit à l’alimentation
This interactive webinar, broadcast from Geneva, will bring together communities from across Canada. A special invitation is extended to community food security advocates and local, provincial and federal politicians.
Ce webinaire interactif, diffusé à partir de Genève, réunira des communautés de partout au Canada. Une invitation spéciale est lancée aux groupes d’action communautaires pour la sécurité alimentaire et aux politiciens locaux, provinciaux et fédéraux.
In English:
Monday March 4, 12-1:30pm
Carleton University
Southam Hall
Room SA 303
1125 Colonel By Drive
En français:
Mardi le 5 mars, 12h à 13h30
Université d’Ottawa
Colonel By Hall
Salle CBY 206C
161 Louis-Pasteur
Background:
Olivier de Schutter visited Canada in May 2012 to analyze Canada’s food security situation and report to the UN. His visit launched a national debate, with many welcoming his intervention, and others criticizing it.
For details:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/05/16/pol-un-canada-foodsecurity.html
De Schutter’s report was tabled December 24:
http://www.srfood.org/images/stories/pdf/officialreports/20121224_canadafinal_en.pdf
This event, organized by Food Secure Canada (http://foodsecurecanada.org/) will be his first direct communication with Canadians on his findings.
Olivier de Schutter a visité le Canada en mai 2012, pour analyser la situation de sécurité alimentaire canadienne et la rapporter à l’ONU. Sa visite a initié un débat national, qui a suscité des interventions favorables, mais aussi des critiques.
Pour plus de détails:
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/manitoba/2012/05/16/002-bilan-preliminaire-rapporteuronu-visite-canada.shtml
Le rapport a été déposé le 24 décembre dernier:
http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/RegularSession/Session22/A-HRC-22-50-Add1_fr.pdf
Cet évènement, organisé par Sécurité alimentaire Canada
(http://foodsecurecanada.org/fr), sera la première présentation de ses conclusions
aux Canadiennes et Canadiens.

This is a single weblog entry, posted on February 22nd, 2013. Comment here »

Oct
04

CATTLE FARMERS PAYING FOR GOVERNMENT AND XL FOODS SAFETY FAILURES

NFU – October 3, 2012

(Sexsmith, AB) – The National Farmers Union (NFU) asserts that federal agriculture and trade policy created the conditions that led to Canada’s largest recall of beef from stores, homes and restaurants all across Canada due to E. coli 0157 contamination which has now temporarily shut down the XL Foods plant in Brooks, Alberta. The massive concentration in the meat packing industry and increased self-regulation of these few high-volume, high-speed processing plants are due to policy that helps the biggest companies increase both profit and market share in pursuit of global competitiveness by allowing them to reduce costs for meat inspection.

“Cattle farmers are already feeling the effect of the closure, as prices for fat steers and cull cows have already dropped by 20% and 30% respectively,” said Glenn Tait, NFU Board member from Meota, Saskatchewan. “This sudden and unpredictable loss of income may well wipe out our 2012 profits. As farmers, we have done nothing wrong, but we are paying the price for XL’s inability to run a clean plant and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s inability to enforce food safety standards.”

The XL Foods plant in Brooks, AB processes approximately 30,000 animals per week, with Cargill, the largest packer, processing slightly more. About 80% of Canada’s beef is processed in Alberta. With the province’s capacity virtually cut in half, a backlog is developing at cattle auctions, driving prices down. If the plant is not re-opened soon, many cow-calf producers, who are the foundation of Canada’s beef sector, will suffer serious losses that may compromise their capacity to continue raising cattle.

Neil Peacock, National Farmers Union Board member and cattle producer from Sexsmith, Alberta, remembers the 23 deaths and 57 illnesses from the 2008 listeriosis crisis at Maple Leaf Foods, and asks “Isn’t this XL Foods situation just more evidence that Canada’s food safety, security and sovereignty is in danger?”

While farmers wait for the CFIA and XL Foods to re-establish clean and safe processing, they must feed their cattle longer and incur extra costs, or they must sell now at reduced prices. The food safety risk was taken by XL Foods. The costs of that risk are being borne by consumers who have gotten ill from the tainted meat and farmers who cannot sell their cattle for the price they had expected and planned for.

This is a single weblog entry, posted on October 4th, 2012. Comment here »

Aug
10

Family Day at Preston Farmer’s Market

Come to “family day” at Preston Farmers’ Market this Saturday! (August 11th)
For the kids: face painting, an antique fire truck, and the chance to meet a few real live firefighters.
For the grown-ups: Chef Richard Nigro brings two of his scrumptious specialty butters (peach raspberry & bacon-blue cheese), plus loads of regular market shopping.
And if that ain’t enough, how about a good ol’ fashioned corn roast from 11am-2pm — fresh, juicy, irresistible! Plus your favourite musical hits by local cover band, iCarumba.
Bring everyone you know … see you Saturday!
Preston Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9am-2pm
Il Postino Parking Lot (corner of Preston & Lousia)

PFM online : http://facebook.com/PrestonFarmersMarket

This is a single weblog entry, posted on August 10th, 2012. Comment here »