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Olivier De Schutter, Special Rapporteur on the right to food: Visit to Canada from 6 to 16 May 2012, Preliminary Report

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. The statement is set out here.

Farmers, the Food Chain and Agriculture Policies in Canada in Relation to the Right to Food

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-membership, non-partisan national farm organization. Founded in 1969, and with roots going back more than a century, the NFU represents thousands of farm families from coast to coast. The NFU works toward the development of economic and social policies that will maintain small and medium sized family farms as the primary food-producers in Canada.

NFU Supports Negotiated Resolution to Strike at CP Rail

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 hasty back-to-work legislation. We are glad that, so far, the government has not interfered, and we hope that the two sides can reach an agreement quickly,” he added.

Are farmers being used as bait?

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 fish habitat
so that farmers don’t have to deal with red tape when they maintain their irrigation ditches, they have
stretched credibility to the breaking point. And I’m sure that like me, many farmers resent the

Proposed Comprehensive and High‐Level Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan -

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.

Presentation on the Proposed Comprehensive and High-Level Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan

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 safe and healthy food to people in this country and abroad. The NFU supports trade in agriculture, as long as it is fair trade – trade which supports the livelihoods of family farmers in Canada and those of our trading partners around the world, and which ensures each country has the capacity to feed itself and to democratically make decisions that support long-term economic, social and ecological sustainability in regard to their respective food systems.

Read the full report.

 

 

NFU Meets with UN Special Rapporteur Olivier De Shutter on The Right to Food

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 right to food.

Make Farmland Preservation Top Priority, NFU Tells Standing Committee

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.

Farmers, the Food Chain and Agriculture Policies in Canada in Relation to the Right to Food

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 mission to Canada. Our report will focus on the NFU’s perspective on the organization of food chains and its impact on the right to food and on governance of policies and programmes that impact the right to food.

Read the full report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal Government is Weak-Minded on CETA Deal

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 pre-digested talking points? The devil is in the details. Canadians want to know the actual content and implications of this agreement, which is being negotiated behind closed doors. Instead we are being sold a load of weak-minded hype.