Scientists say “no” to Bill C474 while some seed and organics growers support it. What are your thoughts?
Dr. Peter Phillips’ (University of Saskatchewan) and Dr. Wilf Keller (Genome Prairie) warn MPs against support of such a bill. Dr. Phillips’ kindly provided his notes from this presentation and they are attached.
“…this proposed 42-word, well-intentioned and apparently simple and straightforward amendment is a veritable Trojan horse that would destabilize the vitally important Canadian agri-food innovation system. As an alternative, I strongly urge you to broaden the dialogue to consider how we might truly achieve the stated goals of this amendment—an efficient, effective and commercially viable research, development, regulatory commercialization system that delivers world-class agri-food products…” (Phillips)
Please check out previous ‘Kaleidoscope’ postings on Bill C474.