Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

New Executive for Pork Council

By Fadi Didi

John Ross is moving from the federal public service to the Canadian Pork Council.


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John Ross is moving from the federal public service to the Canadian Pork Council.

Ross joins the council the end of February, taking over from executive director Martin Rice -- who retires at the end of April.

The C-P-C says over the past 30 years, Ross has worked through a series of livestock and red meat related positions.

He's also chaired the Canadian industry and government steering committee for the COOL dispute since its inception.

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A tremendous earnings report for Federated Co-op Limited in Saskatchewan.

The country's largest non-financial co-operative saw profits of 9.1 billion dollars.

That is a 16-per cent drop from last year's record showing.

The company says rising costs in food, home and building supplies and agro businesses helped offset the losses in the energy sector.

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A new report from United Food and Commercial Workers, Canada, and the Agriculture Workers Alliance is charging that many of Canada's migrant and temporary agriculture workers regularly face workplace and human rights abuse.

U-F-C-W president Paul Meinema says agriculture has evolved into a large-scale, industrial enterprise.

But he notes those who do the backbreaking work are often powerless and treated like disposable commodities.

The U-F-C-W is calling for migrant agriculture workers to be allowed to unionize.

That's something they're not allowed to do in Ontario.

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A scientist and self-described Greenpeace dropout says science and technology has moved the world forward from a peasant lifestyle to a modern society.

Patrick Moore says a century ago most of the world's people were needed to grow food.

Now less than five per cent are involved in food production.

His report says just one Saskatchewan farmer feeds 155 people.

Moore adds that's because of such advancements as the genetically modified seeds that he says are used to grow better crops.


 

 


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