Agroecology is a holistic approach to food production that uses—and creates—social, cultural, economic and environmental knowledge to promote food sovereignty, social justice, economic sustainability, and healthy agricultural ecosystems.
The National Farmers Union has joined with other citizens’ organizations in the Trade Justice Network to challenge the scope and secret negotiating process of CETA, the Canada-European Union free trade negotiations, and to highlight the need for a more sustainable, equitable and socially just international trade regime.
Climate change is arguably the most crucial issue of our time. Agriculture is directly affected by climate change, but is also a major greenhouse gas emitter globally. We need to change our practices to adapt and reduce our emissions.
Land is fundamental to agriculture. Who owns it, controls it, and how is it used and cared for are critical matters for the NFU.
The National Farmers Union and other family farm/peasant, indigenous and rural workers organizations work within the global movement, La Vía Campesina, to resist the global trade agreements and the WTO, stop the destruction of communities, cultures, and environments, and build an alternative: food sovereignty.
Orderly marketing is the cornerstone of NFU policy. It includes control of the product into, through and out of the marketing system to meet immediate market demand; single desk selling; equality of delivery opportunity between producers; pooling of returns and costs among producers; and the elimination of manipulation, speculation and waste.
The NFU is active in protecting aspects of the commons that are essential for agriculture, farming and the continuation of family farming.
Join the National Farmers Union and strengthen our campaign for Canada to adopt a truly farmer-friendly seed law that balances the interests of the public, farmers and plant breeders in a manner accepted by the Canadian public.
Because alfalfa is a perennial plant that is pollinated by bees, genetically modified alfalfa will inevitably cross-pollinate with non-GM and organic alfalfa, threatening the livelihoods of family farmers across Canada.
The National Farmers Union strongly supports Canada’s supply management system as an important institution of food sovereignty. Supply management is a unique Canadian institution that helps us avoid wide fluctuations in supply and prices, without requiring massive government subsidies to support farmers’ incomes in these sectors.
The NFU promotes fair trade that is based in the principles of Food Sovereignty.