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
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanGuelph, ON – </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanAt 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 2012The 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
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanFederal Government is Weak-Minded on CETA Deal</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanThe 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.
Federal Budget Cuts Stalls Economic Engine
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanFederal Budget Stalls Economic Engine: cutting Co-operative Development Initiative and starving Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat will undermine rural economy, says NFU</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span
National Farmers Union Marks the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle, April 17, 2012
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanNational Farmers Union Marks the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle, April 17, 2012</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(Saskatoon) - The National Farmers Union, as a member of La Via Campesina, joins with our sister organizations around the world to mark April 17, the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle.
Cutting Shelterbelt Program Bad for Farmers, Land, Biodiversity and Climate – NFU
(Saskatoon): With a wild swing of its budgetary axe, the federal government is about to hack down the 111 year-old Prairie Shelterbelt Program. This short-sighted destructive move will have negative consequences for prairie farmers, their crops and livestock, soils, wildlife and the climate.
Proposed wheat commissions a poor substitute for CWB as advocate for wheat and wheat farmers, says NFU
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(Saskatoon)</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span- A chasm in the wheat sector in western Canada was opened when Bill C-18 was passed in defiance of the rule of law and against the wishes of a majority of wheat farmers. It ended the democratic farmer control of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) and its single-desk authority. Now, there are various interests seeking to start wheat commissions which would be funded by check-offs (a per bushel levy on all wheat sold) collected from farmers.
Federal Budget Not in Public Interest
(Saskatoon) -- The National Farmers Union is disappointed but not surprised at the recent federal budget. “The effect of this budget will be a major transfer of wealth and power from Canadian citizens to private corporations – many not even based in Canada,” said Terry Boehm, NFU President.Six key points in the 2012 federal budget that particularly affect farmers:
Viterra Sale Helps Global Agribusiness, Not Farmers, says NFU
(Saskatoon, SK) - “The sale of Viterra to Glencore International, and its plans to hive off parts of the company to Richardson International and Agrium Inc., tilts the economic playing field ever more in favour of global agribusiness corporations to the disadvantage of Canadian farmers,” said Terry Boehm, National Farmers Union President.
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