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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

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.