Press releases

2018

Oct 19, 2018
By Cathy Holtslander, NFU Director of Research and Policy   Canadians are rightly concerned by the new North American trade deal’s concessions on Supply Management. Farmers are also very concerned about its attack on the integrity of Canada’s grain quality control system. Our...
Oct 16, 2018
New Report exposes how a controversial genetic forcing technology is targeting the farm   Rome, 16 October 2018 (World Food Day)– Global food movement leaders and organizations representing hundreds of millions of farmers and food workers today set out their clear opposition to “...
Oct 16, 2018
October 16, 2018 – Saskatoon, SK: On the occasion of World Food Day, the National Farmers Union (NFU) calls on the Canadian government to take action to address food insecurity both nationally and internationally. World Food Day commemorates the founding in 1945 of the Food and Agriculture...
Oct 10, 2018
Le gouvernement du Canada a une fois de plus conclu un accord commercial aux dépens d’un autre secteur essentiel de la gestion de l’offre nationale. L’Accord de libre-échange nord-américain (ALENA) sera remplacé par un nouvel accord commercial : l’Accord États-Unis-...
Oct 2, 2018
The Canadian government again secured a trade deal by sacrificing another vital part of domestic supply management. NAFTA will be replaced with a new trade agreement, now called USMCA, the US Mexico Canada Agreement.   “Since 1969 Supply Management has awarded Canadian dairy and poultry...
Sep 28, 2018
(Geneva, September 28, 2018) --  Seventeen years of long and arduous negotiations later, peasants and other people working in rural areas are only a step away from having a UN Declaration that could defend and protect their rights to land,  seeds, biodiversity, local markets and a lot...
Sep 25, 2018
(September 24, 2018) -- A diverse coalition representing health care providers, non-profit organizations, workers, seniors, patients and academics has come together to issue a statement of consensus principles for the establishment of National Pharmacare in Canada.   Our coalition believes...
Sep 19, 2018
By Cam Goff   Contrary to the opinion piece published in the September 11, 2018 Financial Post (Here's the one Ottawa policy in NAFTA that even Canadian farmers think is unfair) Canada's grain grading and variety registration systems are never used to prevent American grain from being...
Sep 11, 2018
(Saskatoon) – A United States government fact sheet summarizing the agriculture-related aspects of its recent bilateral deal with Mexico suggests Canada’s unparalleled grain grading and quality assurance system is now on the NAFTA negotiating table. The document says the United States...
Sep 11, 2018
Download PDF    (Originally published July 2017) Farm press stories about the impending renegotiation of NAFTA have put Supply Management in the spotlight in recent weeks. We’ve heard much less about the USA’s goal to have Canada change its grain grading system in conjunction...
Sep 6, 2018
North American organizations call on the Canadian government to stand up to Washington’s bullying on NAFTA, and to strike a fair trade deal   OTTAWA, TORONTO, MEXICO CITY, WASHINGTON - September 6, 2018 -- The political and economic climate in which Canada, Mexico and the United States...
Jul 31, 2018
(Saskatoon, July 31 2018) – On July 27, the National Farmers Union (NFU) wrote a letter to the three Commissioners of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) to express serious concerns about a proposal being developed for a new Eastern wheat class that would have no end-use quality requirements...
Jul 27, 2018
PDF Version   What is the Canadian Grain Commission? The CGC is the federal government agency that regulates grain handling in Canada and certifies the quality, safety and quantity of export shipments of Canadian grain. It delivers grain quality assurance programs and oversees quantity...
Jul 27, 2018
PDF Version   July 27, 2018   Patti Miller, Doug Chorney and Lonny McKague, Commissioners Canada Grain Commission 600-303 Main Street Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3G8     Dear Commissioners,   RE: Eastern Wheat Class Modernization   The National Farmers Union has been...
Jul 11, 2018
The front page story in a recent edition of the Toronto Star claimed to be an investigative report about milk in the grocery stores. While it is an interesting account of different practices of several dairy farmers, it comes to wrong and misleading conclusions that don’t do justice to the...
Jun 20, 2018
(Saskatoon, June 20, 2018) –The recent discovery in southern Alberta of genetically modified wheat plants with Monsanto’s glyphosate resistance trait has renewed concern about the risk of GMO contamination to Canada’s wheat. Japan and Korea have suspended imports of Canadian wheat...
Jun 20, 2018
PDF Version   June 20, 2018   Mr. Paul Glover, President Canadian Food Inspection Agency 1400 Merivale Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y9                                           ...
Jun 20, 2018
The discovery of genetically modified (GM) spring wheat plants growing in Alberta is disappointing and damaging to Canadian farmers. And so is the reaction by Cereals Canada—an industry-dominated group that falsely claims to represent Canadian wheat farmers.   An article published in...
Jun 15, 2018
(June 15, 2018, SASKATOON, SK) -- On June 14, 2018, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) released information about an incident in Alberta where a small patch of unapproved genetically modified wheat was discovered. The wheat plants have a glyphosate resistant herbicide tolerance trait...
Jun 14, 2018
The National Farmers Union sent the following letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today.  PDF Version   June 14, 2018   Right Honorable Justin Trudeau House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario   K1A 0A6            ...