Media

2018

Nov 8, 2018
by Ian Robson   Prime Minister Harper said he “would make Canada unrecognizable.” His Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz certainly did his part to make Canadian agriculture and food unrecognizable. Minister Ritz’s destructive record speaks for itself.  Does Toronto’s...
Oct 30, 2018
L'Union Nationale des Fermiers (UNF) exhorte le Canada à voter en faveur de la Déclaration de L'Organisation des Nations Unies (ONU) pour les droits des paysans et des autres personnes qui travaillent dans les zones rurales quand il comparaîtra devant la 3e session du Comité de l'...
Oct 30, 2018
(LONDON, ON - October 31, 2018) -- The National Farmers Union (NFU) urges Canada to vote in favour of the United Nations (UN) Declaration for the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas when it goes before the 3rd Committee session of the General Assembly.   “The UN...
Oct 22, 2018
by Cathy Holtslander, Director of Research and Policy, National Farmers Union   The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), proposed to replace NAFTA, covers grain in just four paragraphs of the Agriculture Chapter, but the section has serious implications for Canadian farmers. It would...
Oct 19, 2018
By Cathy Holtslander, NFU Director of Research and Policy   Canadians are rightly concerned by the new North American trade deal’s concessions on Supply Management. Farmers are also very concerned about its attack on the integrity of Canada’s grain quality control system. Our...
Oct 16, 2018
New Report exposes how a controversial genetic forcing technology is targeting the farm   Rome, 16 October 2018 (World Food Day)– Global food movement leaders and organizations representing hundreds of millions of farmers and food workers today set out their clear opposition to “...
Oct 16, 2018
October 16, 2018 – Saskatoon, SK: On the occasion of World Food Day, the National Farmers Union (NFU) calls on the Canadian government to take action to address food insecurity both nationally and internationally. World Food Day commemorates the founding in 1945 of the Food and Agriculture...
Oct 11, 2018
"Annual meeting in Bali this week is just a sham to cover up their criminal negligence of people's interests," say peasants.   La Via Campesina Press Release:  07 OCTOBER 2018, BALI: At a meeting of La Via Campesina facilitated by Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI) in Bali,...
Oct 10, 2018
Le gouvernement du Canada a une fois de plus conclu un accord commercial aux dépens d’un autre secteur essentiel de la gestion de l’offre nationale. L’Accord de libre-échange nord-américain (ALENA) sera remplacé par un nouvel accord commercial : l’Accord États-Unis-...
Oct 2, 2018
The Canadian government again secured a trade deal by sacrificing another vital part of domestic supply management. NAFTA will be replaced with a new trade agreement, now called USMCA, the US Mexico Canada Agreement.   “Since 1969 Supply Management has awarded Canadian dairy and poultry...
Sep 28, 2018
(Geneva, September 28, 2018) --  Seventeen years of long and arduous negotiations later, peasants and other people working in rural areas are only a step away from having a UN Declaration that could defend and protect their rights to land,  seeds, biodiversity, local markets and a lot...
Sep 25, 2018
(September 24, 2018) -- A diverse coalition representing health care providers, non-profit organizations, workers, seniors, patients and academics has come together to issue a statement of consensus principles for the establishment of National Pharmacare in Canada.   Our coalition believes...
Sep 19, 2018
By Cam Goff   Contrary to the opinion piece published in the September 11, 2018 Financial Post (Here's the one Ottawa policy in NAFTA that even Canadian farmers think is unfair) Canada's grain grading and variety registration systems are never used to prevent American grain from being...
Sep 11, 2018
(Saskatoon) – A United States government fact sheet summarizing the agriculture-related aspects of its recent bilateral deal with Mexico suggests Canada’s unparalleled grain grading and quality assurance system is now on the NAFTA negotiating table. The document says the United States...
Sep 11, 2018
Download PDF    (Originally published July 2017) Farm press stories about the impending renegotiation of NAFTA have put Supply Management in the spotlight in recent weeks. We’ve heard much less about the USA’s goal to have Canada change its grain grading system in conjunction...
Sep 6, 2018
North American organizations call on the Canadian government to stand up to Washington’s bullying on NAFTA, and to strike a fair trade deal   OTTAWA, TORONTO, MEXICO CITY, WASHINGTON - September 6, 2018 -- The political and economic climate in which Canada, Mexico and the United States...
Jul 31, 2018
(Saskatoon, July 31 2018) – On July 27, the National Farmers Union (NFU) wrote a letter to the three Commissioners of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) to express serious concerns about a proposal being developed for a new Eastern wheat class that would have no end-use quality requirements...
Jul 27, 2018
PDF Version   What is the Canadian Grain Commission? The CGC is the federal government agency that regulates grain handling in Canada and certifies the quality, safety and quantity of export shipments of Canadian grain. It delivers grain quality assurance programs and oversees quantity...
Jul 27, 2018
PDF Version   July 27, 2018   Patti Miller, Doug Chorney and Lonny McKague, Commissioners Canada Grain Commission 600-303 Main Street Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3G8     Dear Commissioners,   RE: Eastern Wheat Class Modernization   The National Farmers Union has been...
Jul 11, 2018
The front page story in a recent edition of the Toronto Star claimed to be an investigative report about milk in the grocery stores. While it is an interesting account of different practices of several dairy farmers, it comes to wrong and misleading conclusions that don’t do justice to the...