Syndicate content

Union Farmer Newsletter - October 2012

Union Farmer Newsletter - October 2012

  • Should Ecological Goods and Services be part of the Ontario Local Food Act?
  • Frying our Bacon: Globalization, Competitiveness and Canadian Hog Policy

Letter - A Million Pounds of Beef

To the editor,

On the morning of October 22, I woke up, made coffee turned on the TV to my favorite news channel. The first thing I saw was the story on the landfill at Brooks, Alberta and the truckloads of meat being dumped and buried there.

My first reaction was shock as to what a million pounds of beef is in terms of volume. Then it brought a tear to my eyes as I realized what it really meant. It meant that nearly 1333 head of cattle were wasted, and some of those wasted animals could have been ones that I raised.

Farmers Protest “Industry Spin” Designed to Facilitate Licensing of GM Alfalfa in Ontario

(Kitchener) – Today farmers and consumers are protesting industry plans to prepare for the release of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa in Ontario. The protest, organized by the National Farmers Union (NFU) Grey Local 344 and NFU Region 3 (Ontario), is outside a Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) workshop being held in Kitchener-Waterloo to discuss a framework for 'coexistence' of GM and non-GM alfalfa varieties.

Changes to CGC Role Do Not Pass Inspection, says NFU

(Saskatoon)  - “The Harper government is taking another dangerous step in its shift towards industry self-regulation by ending a number of important functions of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). Bill C-45 will eliminate mandatory inward inspection, end weigh-overs, and change the bonding system for grain companies, to the detriment of Canadian farmers who grow the grain,” said Terry Boehm, National Farmers Union (NFU) President.

Prevent GM Contamination!

Wed, 10/24/2012 - 12:00 - 13:00

Protest outside the site of an industry meeting on GM Alfalfa - The Delta Hotel Kitchener­-Waterloo, 105 King Street,  Corner Of King & Benton St. ­

Join local farmers to stop industry plans for release of genetically modified ‑ GM Alfalfa in Ontario


The Canadian Seed Trade Association is holding a workshop in KW to pave the way for the release of GM alfalfa in eastern Canada.

NFU Calls on Government to Review Foreign Takeover of XL Foods

(Saskatoon)-JBS, the world’s largest meat packing corporation, is in line to take over the troubled XL Foods Lakeside beef processing plant. Owned in part by the Brazilian government (30%), JBS operates in the USA, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, China, Russia, Australia, Italy and Mexico. Also included in the potential deal is XL’s Calgary meat packing plant, 70,000 head feedlot, 4,000 acres of Alberta farmland and two American beef slaughterhouses.

NFU Marks World Food Day

(Saskatoon, SK) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) affirms World Food Day (October 16) as an opportunity for Canadians, all of whom are eaters, to think and act differently about their food system and the farmers that provide that food.   


(Saskatoon) - The National Farmers Union is reminding policy makers about its analysis of the beef sector, including 16 recommendations outlined in our 2008 report, The Farm Crisis and the Cattle Sector: Toward a New Analysis and New Solutions. Problems related to the beef sector that we identified then have only become more severe.


By Neil Peacock

The XL Foods recall has really got people talking about the food system all across Canada. Concern for the safety of our food unites us whether we are urban or rural, farmers or consumers, regardless of which part of the country we live in. Some people are saying we need  a national debate on the food industry,  and I agree wholeheartedly with that statement.

Renfrew County Local of NFU - Letter Requesting Drought Assistance, Oct 1, 2012

October 1, 2012

Dear Sir/Madam:

Further to letters written to you under dates July 16th, July 24th, August 1st and August 20th, the Renfrew County National Farmers Union Executive has instructed me to again update the above on the 2012 drought situation many farmers in Renfrew County continue to deal with. Attached you will find a September 27, 2012 Article titled “County Still in Level II Drought”.