Further details and background can be seen at www.cban.ca/Resources/Topics/Trade
including a 3-page background Briefing on the issue.
by Gosia Wozniacka, The Oregonian
Wednesday April 15, 2009, 6:06 PM
Oaxaca, Mexico-based agriculture expert Baldemar Mendoza Jimenez works with rural communities that abide by a traditional form of self-organization, including a system of community service.
But this system, Jimenez says, was nearly destroyed by the North American Free Trade Agreement, leading to massive migration of Mexican farmers to the United States and our current crisis with illegal immigration.
AUTHOR: William New
PUBLICATION: Intellectual Property Watch
DATE: 29 July 2008
Comment from GRAIN:
The fact that the proposed negotiating mandate for an amendment to the
TRIPS Agreement regarding biodiversity got "washed away" with the
collapse of WTO talks in Geneva last week is good news. The proposal to
amend TRIPS, first tabled in 2006 and now supported by over 100
countries, has no social backing, as far as we know, and goes in the
SOURCE: The Tyee, Canada
AUTHOR: Murray Dobbin & Ellen Gould
DATE: 01. 28.2008
We're forcing GMOs on people who fear them.
Challenging Europeans over their right to choose what food they grow and eat seems like a lousy way to make friends across the Atlantic. But this is exactly what Canada has done by giving the European Union a deadline of Feb. 11 to change its policies on genetically modified foods.
Canada wants to open up the European market to imports of Canadian genetically modified products, particularly canola oil.
January 31, 2008
By Jonathan Lynn
GENEVA - The United States underlined on Wednesday its right to retaliate against the European Union in a row over an EU ban on biotech crops.
The dispute has pitted the EU against the United States, Argentine and Canada, the world's three biggest growers of genetically modified (GMO) food. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ordered the EU to end the ban.
Brussels has found it hard to implement the WTO ruling because some of the 27 EU member states operate their own bans.