CFA Says Proposed Plant Breeders Rights Changes Good For Ag

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture has come out in support of the proposed changes to Canada’s Plant Breeders Rights legislation.

President Ron Bonnett says accessibility to research is incredibly important to keeping Canadian farmers on the forefront.

He says the new legislation strikes a good balance between giving developers the ability to see a return on their investment and research efforts, while also preserving the right for farmers to save and condition seed for their own use.

The changes are part of the government’s Bill C-18.

They would give Canadian breeders intellectual property protection tools comparable to those used by breeders around the world.

The CFA’s support of the legislation puts it at odds with the National Farmers Union.

The NFU argues the changes would give plant breeders too much power and potentially take away farmers rights to handle seeds as they have in the past.