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2013

Jul 17, 2013
July 17, 2013 RE: Notice of Submission for Approval of Novel Food and Livestock Feed Use and Unconfined Environmental Release in Canada of a Plant Genetically Modified for Reduced Lignin from Monsanto Canada Inc. and Forage Genetics International LLC PDF Version The National Farmers Union would...
Jul 15, 2013
Canadian farmers and consumers oppose the release of genetically engineered (also called genetically modified, or GM) alfalfa because it is impossible to keep it from spreading to farms, fields and food sources where it is not wanted. Altered gene sequences are contained in the plant’s pollen...
Jun 26, 2013
The National Farmers Union District 1, Region 1 Submission to The Task Force on Land Use Policy Prince Edward Island The members of the generation which is in power must not treat the earth as something given by their parents, but rather as something borrowed from their children. (National Farmers...
Jun 26, 2013
June 26, 2013 (Bedeque, PEI):  At the beginning of June, the Best Acre Farms of Tryon, Prince Edward Island, went public with their heart-wrenching story. They are on the brink of losing their potato farm as creditors seek foreclosure. The Best family has turned to the crowd-source funding...
Jun 24, 2013
(Jakarta, Indonesia): Farmers from Canada and European Union countries participated in the 6th International Conference of the Via Campesina (LVC) in Jakarta, Indonesia where they discussed the ongoing trade negotiations between their governments.   "Like us, European family farmers can...
Jun 21, 2013
The National Farmers Union (NFU) is speaking out in strong support of one of its valued members. The Best family, David, Heather, Brian, Dale, Greg, and their families are facing a possible devastating loss. Their potato farm is under threat. It’s not just a farm. It’s not just a...
Jun 12, 2013
Message from the Editor Presidential and Regional Reports OP ED: Conference Board Food Strategy Consultation a Smokescreen The Paul Beingessner Award for Excellence in Writing Proposed Low-Level Presence Policy Serves Biotech Seed Industry, not Farmers Food Sovereignty, Faith and Community: Diverse...
Jun 11, 2013
Bee Careful! A precautionary approach to neonicitinoids Turning off the lights in Canada The New Cereals Council of Canada – The Best Corporate Lobbying Your Check-off Dollars Can Buy Download PDF
May 30, 2013
May 30, 2013 (Saskatoon)–  Genetically engineered (GE) winter wheat was found in the USA this spring when an Oregon farmer noticed volunteer wheat that survived after he sprayed with glyphosate (Roundup) in preparation for spring seeding. Yesterday, the USDA confirmed that it is Monsanto...
May 23, 2013
May 23, 2013  (Saskatoon) - On May 17, ten days after the National Research Council (NRC) announced it is “open for business” with a new mandate to serve private industry’s commercial goals instead of pursuing basic scientific research, the Canadian Wheat Alliance (CWA)...
May 13, 2013
 MaMaMay 13, 2013 - (Saskatoon) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) urges farmers and all Canadians interested in food and seed to respond by May 23 to the federal government’s proposed changes to the Seeds Act Regulations. The changes will have far-reaching implications that should...
May 7, 2013
Action Alert– Public Input on Regulations Amending the Seeds Regulations, Canada Gazette Part 1 VOL. 147, NO. 10 — MARCH 9, 2013 Deadline for submissions -- May 23, 2013 Sample Letter (Quote "Canada Gazette Part 1 VOL. 147, NO. 10 — MARCH 9," and send to ...
May 6, 2013
(May 3, 2013) The National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) refutes the recently released reasons issued by the Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal. After waiting almost 120 days for the reasons, the NFU-O Council has spent the past few weeks consulting with members and...
May 3, 2013
The NFU welcomes the opportunity to comment on the amendments to the Canada Grain Act flowing from the elimination of inward inspection by the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC), the end of mandatory weigh overs at primary and terminal elevators, and the end of Grain Appeals Tribunal as well as other...
May 3, 2013
The National Farmers Union (NFU) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the proposal by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to amend the Seeds Regulations.  Specifically, the CFIA seeks to allow variety registrants to cancel the registration of seed varieties on request, to move all...
May 1, 2013
Day of Action against GM Alfalfa a Huge Success NFU Submits Feedback on Fracking to Alberta Regulator CETA Tactics Phoney Baloney? Beef and Pork Access Issue Lacks Credibility Download PDF
Apr 25, 2013
Dear Premier Wynne, Re: Experimental Lakes Area The National Farmers Union would like to thank you and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger for your commitment to fund the Experimental Lakes Area for the coming year, thus ensuring that its irreplaceable work can continue. Your decision will be remembered...
Apr 18, 2013
April 18, 2013   Premier Alison Redford 307 Legislature Building 10800 - 97 Avenue Edmonton, AB  T5K 2B6   Dear Premier Redford:   We are very concerned about the Alberta government’s move to a single energy regulator and the appointment of the former founding President of...
Apr 17, 2013
Today, the NFU joins its sister organizations of La Via Campesina, the international movement of small farmers, to commemorate the 1996 massacre of 19 landless Brazilian farmers who were demanding access to land and justice. “We honor their sacrifice by relentlessly continuing our work to...
Apr 4, 2013
(Guelph, ON) The National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) has written to the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario to ask the two organizations to join the April 9 Day of Action to stop the release of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa. In his letter...