John Gormley Live
MONDAY, APRIL 08, 2013
8:30 a.m. John weighs in on the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher – who passed away from a stroke this morning at the age of 87.
9:00 a.m. Merle and Mike on the Monday Morning Roundtable. Insurance and group benefits broker Mike Couros and Lise Merle, Founder, Socialite Media join John.
9:15 a.m. Open Session.
10:00 a.m. Federal Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver will be making an appearance in Saskatoon today to announce some upcoming opportunities for the Canadian nuclear industry. He joins John.
10:15 a.m. Saskatchewan’s ‘no-fault’ insurance is facing new challenges.
11:00 a.m. Growing Resistance: Canadian Farmers and the Politics of Genetically Modified Wheat. Emily Eaton, Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Regina joins John.
About Growing Resistance
In 2004 Canadian farmers led an international coalition to a major victory for the anti-GM movement by defeating the introduction of Monsanto’s genetically modified wheat. Canadian farmers’ strong opposition to GM wheat marked a stark contrast to previous producer acceptance of other genetically modified crops. By 2005, for example, GM canola accounted for 78% of all canola grown nationally. So why did farmers stand up for wheat?
In Growing Resistance: Canadian Farmers and the Politics of Genetically Modified Wheat, Emily Eaton reveals the motivating factors behind farmer opposition to GM wheat. She illustrates wheat’s cultural, historical, and political significance on the Canadian prairies as well as its role in crop rotation, seed saving practices, and the economic livelihoods of prairie farmers. Through interviews with producers, industry organizations, and biochemical companies, Eaton demonstrates how the inclusion of producer interests was integral to the coalition’s success in voicing concerns about environmental implications, international market opposition to GMOs, and the lack of transparency and democracy in Canadian biotech policy and regulation. Growing Resistance is a fascinating study of successful coalition building, of the need to balance local and global concerns in activist movements, and of the powerful forces vying for control of food production.
Emily Eaton is an assistant professor of geography at the University of Regina specializing in political economy and natural resource economies. She is also active in a variety of social justice struggles. Growing Resistance is her first book.