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System Change Grounded in Food Sovereignty at the 2015 Climate Talks in Paris

Posted by Ayla Fenton on January 24, 2016

Photo credit: Salena Tramel

by Terran Giacomini, NFU Associate Member

I participated in La Vía Campesina’s international delegation to the United Nations climate meeting (COP21) in Paris, France, from December 5 to 12,  2015.  It was evident that social movement activism is helping us move swiftly and peacefully away from fossil capitalism, with its climate crises, and toward a new social order that prioritizes food and energy sovereignty.

The activism in Paris emphasized three key themes:

(1)    social movements are focused on system change and not on ‘green’ capitalist reform;

(2)    the movements are converging and strengthening unity with one another and;

Bill 6 Benefits For Farmers Are Far-Reaching

Posted by Ayla Fenton on January 15, 2016

by Toby Malloy, NFU Women's Vice President

New Farmers Need New Government

Posted by on October 17, 2015

By Alex Fletcher.

There isn’t much talk about agriculture and the farm succession crisis this election.   The political calculation seems to be that agriculture is a rural issue and rural issues don’t matter because they don’t swing votes.   The assumption being that urban voters, who make up the majority, don’t understand or don’t care much about agriculture.

TPP and the Chickens of Forestville

Posted by on October 9, 2015

A fable by Jan Slomp, illustrated by Cathleen Kneen
Once upon a time there was a beautiful henhouse in the deep woods of Forestville. It was a sizable henhouse built on three sturdy pillars that were beautified and strong to protect the chickens from storms and hostile, mostly foreign, predators. The chickens were known in Forestville for their hard work, dedication and pride -- and rightfully so -- as they were in charge of providing eggs, milk and honey for all of Forestville.

Canadians Must Stay Strong Against TransCanada Energy East Pipeline

Posted by Ayla Fenton on June 23, 2015

by Ben Gotschall, Rancher and Energy Director with Bold Nebraska 
The NFU was a co-sponsor of the Energy East tour across the prairies this spring.  A shortened version of this article by Nebraska Rancher, Ben Gotschall, one of the speakers on the tour, appears in the Summer Issue of the Union Farmer Quarterly.
I am first and foremost a rancher. However, I am now also an anti-pipeline activist. I was 10 years old when I started my own herd of cattle on my family's ranch in Nebraska. I learned early on from our 75-year history of ranching about the value of hard work. I learned the value of our land and water that sustains our herd and our family.

Who Benefits, Who Loses from Non-Browning GM Apple

Posted by Ayla Fenton on March 18, 2015

by Bev Stow

With the recently announced US approval of the genetically modified  (GM)“Arctic Apple” along with the current Ag Canada review, BC apple growers are understandably concerned about the potential release of this product into their marketplace.  Depending on consumer acceptance and demand in that market, they could be facing a nightmare of disruption of the overall BC apple market in an industry where margins are razor thin at the best of times.

New Farmer Survey: Reminder & more on sweet prizes!

Posted by Ayla Fenton on March 4, 2015

Calling all farmers and friends of farmers!

If you are currently farming, want to be a farmer, or have recently exited farming, we need to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to complete this survey to support the next generation of farmers in Canada:

The National New Farmer Coalition needs you!

Posted by Ayla Fenton on February 12, 2015


It should not come as a surprise that Canadian agriculture is facing a demographic crisis. In the 1930s, over thirty percent of the population was involved in food production. Today, farmers represent only 1.6 percent of the population and have an average age of 54. In 1991, the number of farmers in Canada under the age of 35 was 80,000 - now it is less than 25,000.


Walking Out on the Commons

Posted by Alex Fletcher on January 2, 2015

Photo by Lisa Lundgard
By Nathan Carey.

On Thursday December 18th I was given the honour of representing the NFU at the Ontario Pollinator Health Plan’s Agricultural Stakeholders meeting.  Unlike the other scheduled meetings, three in-person and the two online, this one was specifically for farmers and the agricultural industry.  The Ontario government was seeking specific information about how to implement their strategy to reduce neonicotinoid (NNI) pesticides by 80% in a way that would work for farmers across the province.  What transpired at this meeting has left me feeling angry, disappointed and firmly committed to the values and analysis of the NFU.