NFU Briefs 2012

August 17, 2012

National Farmers Union recommendations regarding Business Risk Management Programs under Growing Forward 2

The NFUbrief outlines our analysis of the suite of Business Risk Management programs, also known as agriculture safety net programs, being negotiated under the Growing Forward 2 federal-provincial policy framework, and makes recommendations to make these programs work better for family farmers. Read the full report. Read the summary of recommendations.


July 27, 2012

Ontario NFU Submission to OMAFRA on Proposed Local Food Act

Members of the NFU have been at the forefront of the local food movement for several decades. With this strong grassroots involvement in the local food movement, the NFU is an outspoken leader in advocating for and developing programs to support local food as a means to strengthen farmers' power in the marketplace, protect the environment and build relationships between those who grow and harvest food and those who eat it.

In solidarity with family farmers and peasants across the world, the NFU advocates for a food system built on the priniciples of food sovereignty. Food sovereignty recognizes the central place food has in our lives and the importance of people in their own communities having democratic control over decisions of where food comes from and how it is produced.

Read the full report.


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.


May 11, 2012

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.

March 22, 2012

Response to Proposed Amendments to the Canada Grain Act in regard to the Canadian Grain Commission

The National Farmers Union (NFU) welcomes the opportunity to respond to proposed changes to the Canada Grain Act that would affect the Canadian Grain Commission and ultimately grain producers. The NFU is Canada’s largest democratic national voluntary direct membership organization. It is financed almost entirely by membership dues and member donations.  The NFU is made up of members from across the country, many of whom are grain producers. The NFU works for economic and social justice for family farmers.

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) celebrates its 100th Anniversary this year along with the Canada Grain Act. The CGC has been an extremely important institution for Canada’s grain producers throughout this time period. Its importance remains undiminished at this time and there is no reason to expect that would change in the future, except of course if changes are made which destroy the rationale for its existence. There is a very real danger of this if the changes considered are implemented. 

NFU Brief on the Proposed Comprehensive and High-Level Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan.pdf771.91 KB
NFU Final Report to Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, May 2012.pdf837.78 KB