Farmers take biosecurity and food safety seriously because they know that the food they produce should meet the highest standards. KAP is committed, through policy developed by farmers, to protect the interests of agriculture from the spread of animal disease, and to address the growing trend of rural crime and trespassing in Manitoba.
Farmers work hard to develop and adhere to biosecurity protocols that protect their farms and livestock from the spread of disease to humans, animals and plant life. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency develops national biosecurity standards, protocols and strategies in collaboration with producer organizations, provincial and territorial governments and academia. When biosecurity protocols are compromised, this jeopardizes food security and often necessitates drastic action to prevent disease breakouts; which have critical, immediate and long-lasting impacts on the agriculture industry, along with the Canadian economy.
KAP advocates that no person or persons should be allowed on a farm property without explicit authorized consent from the farm operator. By requiring a person to obtain consent before entering a building or enclosed place where animals are held, this legislation will improve farmers’ ability to maintain the health and safety of their livestock and, ultimately, the food they produce. However, it is important for legislation to clearly define consent for the general public and ensure that legally authorized personnel can enter a farm property, so long as they develop and adhere to biosecurity protocols and seek authorized consent from the farm operator.
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