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2012

Jun 14, 2012
This three-part book 'pulls back the curtain on disturbing technological and corporate trends that are already reshaping our world and that will become crucial battlegrounds for civil society in the years ahead.' Vandana Shiva, Founder, Research Foundation for Science, Technology and...
Jun 5, 2012
Are you a Prince Edward Island farmer interested in joining the NFU? The National Farmers Union is a certified general farm organization under the PEI Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act. If you would like to join the NFU through this program, please complete the Farm Registration...
May 29, 2012
(Saskatoon, SK) - “Today’s shareholder vote approving the sale of Viterra to Glencore International marks a sad day for Canadian farmers,” said Terry Boehm, National Farmers Union President. “Viterra was created from the former wheat pools – co-operatives that were...
May 29, 2012
Union Farmer Quarterly: Summer 2012 Presidential and Regional Reports Organizing in British Columbia Farmers, the Food Chain and Agriculture Policies in Canada in Relation to the Right to Food Governance, mandates and the Canadian Grain Commission UN Committee Adopts Land Guidelines in Rome An...
May 25, 2012
On 16 May 2012, the Special Rapporteur on the right to food conveyed to the Government of Canada his preliminary reflections on his visit. Later that day, he held a press conference in Ottawa at the National Press Theatre. He opened the press conference with some preliminary remarks on the visit....
May 25, 2012
Submission of the National Farmers Union of Canada to the  Special Rapporteur On The Right To Food, Mr. Olivier De Schutter, Mission to Canada, May 2012* * Note: to view report complete with graphs, please download the PDF version here. The National Farmers Union (NFU) is a voluntary direct-...
May 25, 2012
Melville, SK.“As farmers we look forward to a speedy resolution to the strike at CP rail,” said Terry Boehm, NFU President. “However, we do support collective bargaining and realize that the right to strike is an important part of the process and it should not be taken away by...
May 25, 2012
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield seem to be using farmers as bait to get the public to swallow the changes to the Fisheries Act included in Bill C‐38, the omnibus Budget Implementation Act. By suggesting that the federal government is abandoning protection of...
May 17, 2012
Presentation by the National Farmers Union, as a member of Food Secure Canada, to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade on the Proposed Comprehensive and High-Level Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan, Ottawa, Ontario, May 17, 2012. * Note: To see the brief complete...
May 17, 2012
The National Farmers Union (NFU) welcomes this opportunity to present its views on the proposed Comprehensive and High-Level Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Japan to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade. Family farmers are committed to a food system that provides...
May 15, 2012
National Farmers Union members had the opportunity to meet with Olivier De Shutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, on Thursday evening May 10th, 2012. De Shutter is in Canada on an official country visit investigating how well Canada is delivering on its commitment to the human...
May 14, 2012
Guelph, ON – At the public hearings on the review of the Aggregate Resource Act (ARA) held Monday at Queen's Park in Toronto, the National Farmers Union asked the Standing Committee on General Government to makethe preservation of farmland a priority over the extraction of aggregate....
May 11, 2012
Submission of the National Farmers Union of Canada to the Special Rapporteur On The Right To Food, Mr. Olivier De Schutter, Mission to Canada, May 2012 The NFU welcomes the opportunity to provide information to Mr. Olivier De Schutter, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, in support of his...
Apr 27, 2012
Federal Government is Weak-Minded on CETA Deal The National Farmers Union wonders whether the Federal Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries promoting the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement across Canada today have actually read the text of the agreement?  Or did they simply memorize...
Apr 26, 2012
Federal Budget Stalls Economic Engine: cutting Co-operative Development Initiative and starving Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat will undermine rural economy, says NFU The National Farmers Union deplores the federal budget cuts that will end the Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI) and...
Apr 17, 2012
National Farmers Union Marks the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle, April 17, 2012 (Saskatoon) - The National Farmers Union, as a member of La Via Campesina, joins with our sister organizations around the world to mark April 17, the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle. The...
Apr 16, 2012
(Saskatoon): With a wild swing of its budgetary axe, the federal government is about to hack down the 111 year-old Prairie Shelterbelt Program. This short-sighted destructive move will have negative consequences for prairie farmers, their crops and livestock, soils, wildlife and the climate....
Apr 13, 2012
Union Farmer Quarterly: Spring 2012 Union Farmer Quarterly: Spring 2012 Presidential and Regional Reports CETA getting tougher on Citizens with each SECRET Draft Interest in local food leads to new on-farm dairies Safe Food – from the viewpoint of farmers United Nations Annual Session in...
Apr 5, 2012
(Saskatoon)- A chasm in the wheat sector in western Canada was opened when Bill C-18 was passed in defiance of the rule of law and against the wishes of a majority of wheat farmers. It ended the democratic farmer control of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) and its single-desk authority. Now, there...
Apr 2, 2012
(Saskatoon) -- The National Farmers Union is disappointed but not surprised at the recent federal budget. “The effect of this budget will be a major transfer of wealth and power from Canadian citizens to private corporations – many not even based in Canada,” said Terry Boehm, NFU...