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The Inevitability of Contamination from GM Alfalfa Release in Ontario

The case for preventing the introduction of Roundup Ready Alfalfa.

Report published by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN), April 2013.

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Precautionary Principle Should Guide New Fracking Regulations, says NFU

(Rimby, AB) – “There are serious gaps in the regulation of fracking in every jurisdiction, and Alberta is no exception,” said Jan Slomp, National Farmers Union Region 7 (Alberta) Board Member. “That is why we have recommended that the Energy Resources Conservation Board adopt the Precautionary Principle as its ultimate guiding principle.”

Union Farmer Quarterly: Spring 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
  • Migration Seminar
  • Still fighting for equality: Highlights of the Women's International Commission meeting
  • Seminar on Public Policies for Food Sovereignty
  • Agroecology: Feeding the world

Union Farmer Newsletter - March 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

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GM alfalfa threatens farmers’ livelihoods

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.

Day of Action Against the Release of GM alfalfa

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 12:00 - 13:00

Urgent Action Alert from the National Farmers Union-Ontario:

Stop the release of GM Alfalfa!

Tuesday April 9, 2013
12 noon to 1 pm
Outside MP offices

Check for updates and to find the rally closest to you.

Contact us to work with the NFU and CBAN to organize an event in your community on April 9.

Land Grabs - Industrial agriculture displaces the world’s poor for profit

by Susan MacVittie, published in the Watershed Sentinel, March/April 2013

National Farmers Union - Ontario elects John Sutherland as President

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 past 20 years, he has grown organic specialty salad mix year round and other summer vegetables. Currently, he is a member of the Wellington County Stewardship Council.

Working for Farm Families for 40 Years - NFU History Book

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.

NFU commemorates International Women’s Day

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 interactive workshops, Mentoring Women in their Food Story: Planting the Seeds of Leadership Together, organized by the NFU Women’s Advisory with funding from Saskatchewan Status of Women.