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Letter of Solidarity to Brazil's MST

Letter of Solidarity 
to Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement,
Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST)
The National Farmers Union (NFU) of Canada expresses deep sadness over the murder of Márcio Matos (Marcinho), leader of the MST in the state of Bahia, Brazil, on January 24th 2018. We denounce his murder and add our voices to yours, demanding the Government of Brazil conduct a full investigation to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to trial. 
As a member of the global small-scale farmer movement, La Vía Campesina, we seek to build solidarity with farmers internationally. The NFU is therefore deeply concerned for the safety and well-being of MST leaders.  The death of Márcio Matos has added to a disheartening surge of violence against peasants in Brazil in the last two years under Michel Temer’s illegitimate government.

“Polluter Pay” principle at stake as Supreme Court hears Redwater Appeal

(February 13, 2018, Red Deer, AB) – On February 15, 2018 the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case, Orphan Well Association, et al. v. Grant Thornton Limited, et al., also known as the Redwater Appeal. The case involves the bankruptcy trustee of an oil company, Redwater Energy Corp. that disclaimed Redwater’s old, non-producing and orphan wells as a way to increase the returns to creditors by avoiding liability for the costs of abandonment. Abandonment involves properly sealing the wells and remediating the land where they are situated. The trustee, Grant Thornton Limited, ignored Alberta Energy Regulator’s abandonment and remediation orders, arguing that the federal Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act takes precedence over Alberta’s environmental regulations.

Region 3 Annual Convention and NFU-O AGM 2018

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 19:00 - Sat, 03/03/2018 - 12:00
Trouble in the Fields: Reclaiming the Food Landscape
Keynote with Sarah Harmer and Joan Kuyek
Doors at 7:00pm, event at 7:30pm
Core Arts and Culture Centre
223 Pinnacle St, Belleville ON
Join us for a keynote talk by Sarah Harmer and Joan Kuyek on the importance of community organizing.
Sarah Harmer is a Canadian singer, songwriter and environmental activist from Burlington, Ontario. In 2005, Sarah co-founded PERL (Protecting Escarpment Rural Land), an organization which campaigned to protect the Niagara Escarpment from a proposed gravel development which would see some parts of wilderness near the escarpment removed.

NFU District 1, Region 1 Annual Convention 2018

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 09:30 - 16:00
Our annual District Convention for Prince Edward Island will be held on 
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 
Milton Community Hall 
North Milton, PEI. 
Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Union Farmer Quarterly: Winter 2017 -18

Union Farmer Newsletter - January 2018

  • OP Ed: Looking a Gift Card in the Mouth: What Loblaws’ price-fixing is signaling about the future for Canadian farmers
  • Op Ed: Renegades Rewarded at Public Expense in Site C Dam Decision
  • Op Ed: OmniTRAX not solely to blame for derailing Port of Churchill
  • More ways to be involved with the NFU!






Losing Our Grip - 2015 Update

Erosion of farmer autonomy and land ownership in Canada
In 2010 the National Farmers Union published a major report called “Losing Our Grip: How Corporate Farmland Buy-up, Rising Farm Debt, and Agribusiness Financing of Inputs Threaten Family Farms and Food Sovereignty”.  With our 2015 update, we are revisiting that report to see how the situation has changed.
Read the full Losing Our Grip - 2015 Update report
Download a PDF of the Executive Summary
Download French version: Executive Summary en français
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NFU Remembers Shiv Chopra

SASKATOON, SK:  The National Farmers Union (NFU) offers condolences to the family of Shiv Chopra, who passed away on January 7, 2018.  Many will remember him as the Health Canada whistleblower who was fired from his job for speaking out against the use of growth hormones to increase milk production in dairy cattle.
Peter Dowling was the NFU Region 3 (Ontario) Coordinator during that time. “In the 1990’s the NFU was deep into its campaign to stop the approval of recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) by Health Canada when we became aware of a small band of dissident Health Canada veterinary scientists who had grave concerns about the prospects of approving rBGH for use in Canada” recalls Dowling. “This was very exciting news for our rBGH activists.”

Op Ed: Looking A Gift Card In The Mouth

What Loblaw’s price-fixing is signaling about the future for Canadian farmers.
by Emery Huszka
According to the news, Canadians can look forward to a $25 Loblaw's gift card in response to George Weston Ltd. and Loblaw Companies Ltd.’s admissions to participating in an industry-wide bread price-fixing arrangement. While we all like something free, we are being bought off cheaply, and many of us haven’t even began to process the underlying environment that made such a small pay off possible.
For years, eaters have been paying too much for their bread. Many farmers have noted the systemic unfairness citing $6 for a bushel of wheat, which makes approximately 42 loves of bread that sell for $2 or $3 each.
Now, we are being offered a “gift” card as a settlement, and the responsible people are no longer with the company. Is that it?

Farmers and fishers stand together for Pacific fisheries reform

(December 21, 2017, Courtenay, BC) -- The National Farmers Union (NFU) stands in solidarity with British Columbia fishing communities and the Save our BC Fisheries Campaign. We call on the Canadian government to make urgently needed reforms to Pacific fisheries management and licensing policy. 
Currently, the Canadian government allows international investors and multinational companies to buy up fishing licenses and quota, driving out small-scale processors and community and family fishing businesses.