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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.

National Farmers Union Youth launch new video series

Posted by Alex Fletcher on April 9, 2014

NFU Media Release:

Today the National Farmers Union Youth launched a video series that addresses major concerns with the proposed changes to Canada’s Plant Breeders’ Rights Act included in the omnibus agriculture bill, The Agricultural Growth Act (Bill C-18), which is currently before Parliament.

“The three short videos highlight key mechanisms in Bill C-18 that increase the power and control of large breeders and severely restrict farmers’ autonomy and Canadian food sovereignty,” explained BC farmer and NFU Youth President, Alex Fletcher. ”These videos feature fellow NFU farmers and seed experts speaking from the heart, from experience and from their extensive knowledge about this issue.”