Union Farmer Quarterly: Winter 2013-2014

CORRECTIONS to Resolutions
  • "Variety Registration for Roundup Ready Alfalfa"
    • THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NFU contact CFIA and the federal Minister of Agriculture to ask them to cancel registration and halt any further registration of all genetically modified alfalfa varieties.
    • BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NFU encourage NFU locals, regions and members to take similar action. (p18)
  • "Raw Milk" - TABLED, NOT PASSED (p18)
  • "Electoral Reform" - TABLED, NOT PASSED (p20)

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Message from the Editor
 
Presidential and Regional Reports
 
Convention Highlights:
 
The Need for Resistance and Dissent in Healthy Societies
  • Dave Oswald Mitchell (Beautiful Trouble),
  • Sheelah MacLean (Idle No More)
  • Anne McGrath (consultant)
Food Sovereignty, Farming and Farm Labour
  • Nettie Wiebe (farmer, Professor of Ethics at St. Andrews College, and former NFU president);
  • Stan Raper (Coordinator of AWA Support Centres, UFCW);
  • Karen Pedersen (Beekeeper)
Our Seeds – Our Stories
 
Seed Sovereignty
  • Jack Kloppenburg (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Terry Boehm (farmer and NFU past president)
Farm Practice as Political Strategy
  • Paul Slomp (raises grass-fed beef near Ottawa, ON)
  • Lyle Orchard (grows organic grains on two quarters of land north of Saskatoon, SK)
  • Randall Affleck( dairy and grains farmer from PEI)
  • Virginie LavallĂ©e-Picard (has a 0.35 acre micro-farm near Victoria, BC)
ACWW:Report on the 27th Triennial Conference in Chennai, India in October 2013
 
The Beingessner Award for Excellence in Writing
  • Alana Krug-MacLeod (16, Saskatoon, SK) winner of the Beingessner Award for Excellence in Writing.
Feeding the World: Countering Corporate Spin
  • Brewster Kneen (Ramshorn)
  • Camila Montecinos (GRAIN)
Big Oil v. Food Sovereignty: Threats to Food, Land and Water
  • Doug Scott (NFU Board member)
  • Rick Munroe (energy analyst and NFU member)
  • Eriel Desranger (Athabasca Chipewayan First Nation)
Resolutions passed at the NFU’s 44th Annual Convention
NOTE: Corrections to resolutions
  • "Variety Registration for Roundup Ready Alfalfa" 
    • THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NFU contact CFIA and the federal Minister of Agriculture to ask them to cancel registration and halt any further registration of all genetically modified alfalfa varieties.
    • BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NFU encourage NFU locals, regions and members to take similar action. (p18) 
  • "Raw Milk" was TABLED, NOT PASSED.
  • "Electoral Reform" was TABLED, NOT PASSED.
 
 
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