Stop Bill C-18
Bill C-18, the “Agricultural Growth Act” omnibus bill, amending several federal agricultural laws, was introduced in Parliament on December 9, 2013. The Bill, which became law on February 25, 2015, gives multi-national agri-business much more money, power and control while increasing farmers’ costs and reducing farmers’ autonomy and Canadian sovereignty. The NFU presented before the House of Commons Agriculture Committee on October 9, 2014 (read the official transcript) and also submitted a brief. The NFU also presented before the Senate Agriculture and Forestry Committee on February 3, 2015 (read the official transcript and brief).
The following information about Bill C-18 and its implications, as well as about the NFU's proposed Farmers Seed Act was prepared as a Toolkit to help organize opposition to the Bill.
Read the NFU's Backgrounder: "Bill C-18: A Corporate Agri-business Promotion Act"
Discover the NFU's Alternative: "The Fundamental Principles of a Farmers Seed Act"
Learn the whole story about "Bill C-18 and 'Farmers Privilege'"
Clarify your understanding of key issues related to C-18 by reading "Questions and Answers about Bill C-18."
View the NFU's Presentation: "A Seed Act for Farmers, Not Corporations – Stop Bill C-18"
Watch the NFU's February 13, 2014 Webinar presented in collaboration with Food Secure Canada.
Use the NFU guide to Organize a Public Meeting on Bill C-18 in your community.
Learn how to hold a Meeting with your MP: "Meet your MP"
Read the Commentary - Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act -- Growth for whom?
Read the Commentary - Say NO to UPOV ’91!
Find out why CETA + Bill C-18 = Too much power for seed companies.
Read the NFU's analysis of Partners in Innovation - What is behind the Partners in Innovation PR campaign?
Learn how Bill C-18 threatens pollinators - Bill C-18 would expand the neonicotinoid market
Get postcards printed to send to your Member of Parliament.
Read the Solidarity Letter from international supporters.
Provide people with information about the NFU and encourage them to join - NFU Brochure
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What is the NFU?
The National Farmers Union is a direct-membership voluntary organization made up of Canadian farm families who share common goals. It is the only farm organization incorporated through an Act of Parliament.
NFU members believe that the problems facing farmers are common problems, and that farmers producing diverse products must work together to advance effective solutions. The NFU works toward the development of economic and social policies that will maintain the family farm as the primary food-producing unit in Canada.