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Agriculture

National Farmers Union-Ontario Annual Convention Examines Retail Chains Effects on Agriculture

Guelph - The National Farmers Union-Ontario is hosting its convention and AGM in Waterloo, ON this year at the Kitchener-Waterloo Naval Association, 315 Weber Street North on Saturday, March 7. Keynote speakers are Haroon Akram-Lodhi, professor of International Studies at Trent University in Peterborough and Gavin Fridell Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor in International Development Studies at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

Supermarkets dominate the Canadian food system, and as these retail chains consolidate, they exert greater buying power than ever over farmers and the agriculture industry. In Lost in the Super-market: Buying power, agriculture and retail chain alternatives, Akram-Lodhi and Fridell will explore the reasons supermarkets have such control, as well as exploring alternative food distribution and retailing systems.

In the afternoon, Rick Munroe and Katie Ward will present Driving the future: "Ethical oil" and Canada's 2015 crossroads. With current oil consumption at over 30 billion barrels each year, in a decade's time we will have consumed at least an additional 300 billion barrels, which is considerably more than the entire proven reserves of Saudi Arabia. Canada needs a long-term energy security strategy, which realistically addresses both sides of the fossil fuel coin (supply and environmental damage), alternative-energy incentives, infrastructure requirements, and policy and research. Join NFU-O members Rick Munroe and Katie Ward as they explore these issues and their impact on food production.

Members will also conduct Region 3 and NFU-O business, including reports from Regional Council and National officials, elections, and debates on policy resolutions.

The event is open to the public. Cost, including lunch, is $30 per person or $20 for youth ages 25 and under. Please RSVP at nfuontario.ca or call Sarah Bakker, General Manager, at 1-888-832-9638. Tickets are also available at the door.


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