A chorus of ‘precision agriculture’
The NFU agrees that the use of the new ag-technology, implied by “precision agriculture”, can improve many aspects of farming. However, our most important question always is whether or not the best interests of farmers are being served by innovations. Or is this another way to consolidate corporate control, making a possibly good thing into a deeper threat for independent farmers?
CFIA gene editing regulatory proposal not science-based or transparent
Canada is deciding how to regulate gene-edited plants – and is largely proposing not to. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for regulating genetically engineered (genetically modified or GM) plants for environmental safety under the Seeds Act Regulations - Part V. These regulations define what is considered a “Plant with Novel Traits” (PNTs) and how PNTs are regulated. The CFIA is proposing a new interpretation that would exempt many gene edited plants right away, and more in the future. The proposed regulatory guidance turns its back on science, allows biotech companies to determine safety, and leaves farmers, future regulators and the public in the dark.
Op Ed: Seed is key to the kingdom
By Cathy Holtslander This Op Ed was originally published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on The Monitor Online. On March 31, newly confirmed United States Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai published the 2021 National Trade Estimate (NTE) Report detailing perceived significant trade barriers for U.S. exports. Eleven pages are devoted to Canada, including a section
Op Ed – Detrimental Manitoba Budget 2021 takes far more than it gives
The National Farmers Union in Manitoba views the 2021 provincial budget as detrimental to farmers and its own citizens. The massive tax breaks to farmland may seem like an initial win to established farmers, but the long term results will proliferate a pattern that will be costly to the next generation of all farmers and rural communities. Agriculture received a mere 2% budget increase, which can be seen in the attempt to consolidate the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation delivery model and use digital technology as a replacement for local service, which moves crucial MASC further from Manitoba farmers.
Op-Ed: Regenerate Canada’s beef sector by addressing corporate concentration
By Iain Aitken In a recent report from Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), its president Bob Lowe stated that there is a critical need for better Business Risk Management tools for the beef sector. In addition to improving coverage for cow/calf producers by seeking the removal of the reference margin limit, he calls for raising the
Op Ed: PEI Government and Irving Work Hard To Keep Islanders in the Dark
By Edith Ling Those who have nothing to hide do not fear the light. Ethical people welcome transparency in their dealings and actions. They don’t hide behind the veil of privacy to cover the ways they manipulate laws for their own gain. They don’t hide behind the pretence that their secrecy is necessary for reasons
Op Ed: US farm groups and unions ask Biden to end CUSMA attack on Canada’s supply management system
This Op Ed was originally published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on The Monitor Online. On February 1, American farm, labour and civil society organizations formally asked the Biden-Harris administration to withdraw the attack on Canada’s dairy sector initiated by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in the dying days of the Trump administration.
Op Ed: Farmers’ Mental Health has Economic Roots
Charlottetown, PEI The Island Minister of Agriculture, Bloyce Thompson said this past week that more Island Farmers are reaching out for mental health support through the PEI Farmers Assistance Program.  He noted that the number of calls in 2019 was 140, increasing to 293 in 2020. Minister Thompson said navigating a hot dry summer during
Letter to Minister Popham – Stop Site C
Dear Minister Popham, I am writing to share with you an important resolution passed by the membership of the National Farmers Union at our annual convention held online in November that I know will be helpful in encouraging your colleagues to save the Peace River Valley:   BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE NATIONAL FARMERS UNION, Region
A vibrant small-scale meat industry for British Columbians
NFU recommendations to BC Ministry of Agriculture
The Ministry of Agriculture has recently released an Intentions Paper on “Rural Slaughter Modernization.” We are very excited to see the MoA tackling the complex issues facing the meat processing sector in BC and welcome the opportunity to influence the thinking of the MoA as they work to address the critical policies, regulations, and financial
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