News

2013

Mar 18, 2013
The National Farmers Union has submitted feedback to the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) Consultation on its Proposed Regulatory Approach for Unconventional Oil and Gas Development. The use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the oil and gas industry already had a...
Mar 15, 2013
Message from the Editor   Presidential and Regional Reports   Around the World: News from the International Program Committee The Civil Society Mechanism, Rome Seeds: the Root of Power: LVC Biodiversity Commission Seeds Meeting in Paris, France, October 2012 LVC Meetings in Mexico...
Mar 14, 2013
The Price of Patented Seed — The Value of Farm-Saved Seed GF2 Strategic Initiatives Fund Accelerates Globalization and Stalls Food Sovereignty Are our pension funds retiring the family farm? Working Hard to Keep the PFRA Community Pastures Public Download PDF
Mar 14, 2013
Sackville, NB – Farmers and consumers in the Maritimes and across Canada are concerned about industry plans to prepare for the release of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa. A company called Forage Genetics International has applied Monsanto’s genetically modified Roundup Ready (...
Mar 7, 2013
by Susan MacVittie, published in the Watershed Sentinel, March/April 2013 In March 2011, ethnic Maya Q’eqchi communities of smallholder farmers in southern Guatemala were violently evicted by state security forces from land they had farmed for generations. About 3,200 people from 14...
Mar 7, 2013
Guelph, ON – John Sutherland of Erin, ON was elected president at the NFU-O Annual General Meeting on March 2 in Listowel. Sutherland has been President of Local 340 Waterloo, Wellington for the past three years. During that time, the local instituted three popular farming awards. For the...
Mar 6, 2013
From the book:   The NFU was formed in 1969 through a merger of the Saskatchewan Farmers Union, the Ontario Farmers Union, the Farmers Union of British Columbia, and the Farmers Union of Alberta. In addition to these provincial unions, farmers from the Maritime provinces—not organized...
Mar 6, 2013
Saskatchewan  women celebrate knowledge of and leadership in the food arena Saskatoon, SK – Saskatchewan women will join thousands of women around the world to celebrate International Women’s Day on and around March 8. One of the activities in Saskatchewan will be a series of...
Feb 28, 2013
(Saskatoon, SK)– CETA negotiations have ground to a standstill with Canada claiming that the stumbling block is the EU’s unwillingness to provide market access for our hormone-free beef and pork. NFU research shows this claim to be hollow. “Canada already has more access for both...
Feb 27, 2013
Last night, I nearly fell off my chair while reading this piece in the Guardian Weekly, “Canada’s spy chiefs target anti-frackers,” by Stephen Leahy, (Feb. 22nd, 2013). Apparently “monitoring of environmental activists in Canada by police and security agencies has become the...
Feb 27, 2013
According to media reports, the last stages of negotiating the Canada – European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) are stalled due to a few very difficult issues, with agriculture being one of the most important. Many business-oriented commentators are framing the matter...
Feb 25, 2013
(Saskatoon)– The National Farmers Union has studied GF2 and published a new brief, Growing Forward 2 – Accelerating Globalization, Stalling Food Sovereignty: Implications of the GF2 Strategic Initiatives Suite. “Our study shows that Growing Forward 2’s five-year “...
Feb 21, 2013
SASKATOON, SK:  The National Farmers Union (NFU) wishes to offer its condolences to the family of Eugene Whelan.  When he was Canada’s agriculture minister, Mr. Whelan was unmistakable in his bright green Stetson. “Just as you knew where he was, you always knew where he stood...
Feb 20, 2013
For those of us who care deeply about locally based food systems and who recognize the role food can play in strengthening our communities, ecosystems and economies, it can be tempting to jump at each and every opportunity to get a piece of our vision mentioned in larger discussions about food and...
Feb 13, 2013
(Saskatoon) - The National Farmers Union is among the labour, environmental, Indigenous, women’s, academic, health sector and fair trade organizations representing over 65 million people from both sides of the Atlantic that have signed a joint statement demanding that Canada and the EU stop...
Feb 12, 2013
In recent years, pension funds have started buying up farmland around the world, seeing it as a safe, long-term investment. Farmland investment companies like AgCapita, Assiniboia Capital, Bonnefield Financial and Prairie Merchants are sowing the seeds of speculation across the prairies....
Feb 11, 2013
Guelph, ON:  The National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) sent a letter last week to Premier Kathleen Wynne welcoming her to the position of Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. In particular, the letter highlighted Premier Wynne's promise to re-introduce an improved...
Feb 5, 2013
(Guelph)-  “Memories of the hot dry summer of 2012 may be dim now, as Ontarians cope with this week’s cold and snow, but the effects of the drought are still making life difficult for livestock farmers,” said Ken Mills, Middlesex County farmer and NFU-Ontario Youth Advisor....
Jan 31, 2013
Dear Minister McMeekin: The National Farmers Union-Ontario (NFU-O) is a direct-membership, non-partisan national farm organization which represents over two thousand farmers in Ontario. The NFU-O works toward the development of economic and social policies that will maintain family farms as the...
Jan 25, 2013
Saskatoon, SK:  “What an image of a long-legged woman straddling a fence has to do with selling grain is beyond me,” says Joan Brady, NFU Women’s President. “The ad is offensive, and likely to cause farmers to market their grain elsewhere.” Brady is referring to...