Local Food Production

Nature's Path's Comments on Seed Modernization Regulation Proposal

Submitted by DarylHepting on Mon, 2007-03-26 21:50

Dear organic friends,
The CFIA has invited comments on their website to the Seed Modernization Regulatory Framework renewal proposal.
Nature's Path has prepared lengthy comments to the online questionnaire. Please see attached to this e-mail.
I personally, and Nature's Path, encourages all organic, environmental and sustainably minded individuals, farmers, market gardeners, home gardeners, seed cleaners, processors and consumers to go online and fill in and submit comments to this proposal. Feel free to reference the Nature's Path comments, and indicate if you agree with them.

Don't be daunted by the seeming complexity of the questions. 
We'd like to share with you what we think the potential effects on organic and sustainable agriculture will be if the proposal stands:

Call for proposals: understanding adaptation and adaptive capacity

Submitted by DarylHepting on Mon, 2007-03-26 19:28

Colleagues, I apologize if this is a repeat distribution for some of you. Please find attached a Call for Proposals on understanding adaptation and adaptive capacity for the Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Program.  Applicants must use the attached proposal template.  If you have any trouble reading the attachments, you can also find the information on our updated web site: http://adaptation.nrcan.gc.ca/prop_e.php. Please circulate this notice to those colleagues you feel may be interested.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  Collègues, Je m'excuse si certains parmi vous ont déja reçu ce message. Veuillez trouver ci-joint, une demande de propositions sur "l'étude de l'adaptation et de la capacité d'adaptation" pour le Programme sur les impacts et l'adaptation liés aux changements climatiques.  Les candidats doivent utiliser le modèle de document ci-joint.  Si vous avez de la difficulté à lire les annexes, elles sont aussi disponibles sur notre site web :http://adaptation.nrcan.gc.ca/prop_f.php. Si vous avez des questions, n'hésitez pas de me contacter.  Aussi, veuillez circuler cet avis à tous vos collègues qui pourraient être intéressés.  Dr.

Cost to label genetic food is overblown

Submitted by DarylHepting on Mon, 2007-03-26 19:27

Cost to label genetic food is overblown
Just $28 million a year: Quebec study. 87% want to know if food contains GMOs
MICHELLE LALONDE, The Gazette
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2007

Mandatory labelling of genetically modified foods would cost much less than the food industry has claimed, a new study commissioned by Quebec's Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food reveals.

anti-idling (and generally green) curriculum options for younger kids (K through Grade 4)?

Submitted by DarylHepting on Mon, 2007-02-26 21:31

Hello;
I've helped to arrange an anti-idling presentation where my son goes to preschool.  The material appears tobe directed to Grades 5-8.  That presentation will go ahead next week, but the principal is interested in findingmaterial for her younger students as well.  She writes:

> I am interested in working with all the students in becoming more

> "green" - if you have any information regarding activities we could do

sustainability of fashion and textiles -- on "The Current" this morning

Submitted by DarylHepting on Tue, 2007-02-20 11:59

Hi;
I'm sharing a link to research about the sustainability of fashion and textiles (my description).  Clothing is one thingthat is not often thought of wrt sustainability.  In the UK, every year the equivalent of 55kg/person of garments are discarded.  Here's the link:
http://www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/sustainability/projects/
And here is the piece on "The Current":
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/2007/200702/20070220.html
Best regards,Daryl--