Climate Change

Climate justice, climate change mitigation and adaptation

Union Farmer Newsletter: June 2017
NAFTA renegotiation provides opening for renewed US attack on Canadian wheat grading framework • What do NFU members want to see in Canada’s first National Food Policy? • Frequently Asked Questions about the Wheat Class System • NFU Submission to CGC Consultation on proposed Eastern Wheat Class • NFU Vice President presents on Climate Change at Senate Committee • Census of Agriculture 2016 • What does NAFTA actually say about Supply Management? Read more
Union Farmer Quarterly: Spring 2017
Challenges in a Post-Truth Era • North American Region Meeting of La Via Campesina—February 8th to 11, 2017, Birmingham, Alabama • Opposing Paradigms— the need to land squarely on the ecological side • Rethinking Our Relationship to the Land • New Board member profiles: Rachelle Ternier, Seann Dory, Cam Goff • The Beingessner Award for Excellence in Writing - 2016 Winning Entries • Climate Justice and Food Sovereignty Training in Morocco • We Remember Joyce Hutchings Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: May 2017
Cross border connections – farmers working together for better dairy policy • Proposed Safe Food for Canadians regulations at odds with food policy mandate • Innovation – Product or Knowledge? • Consultation on Cash Ticket Deferrals Read more
NFU submission to the Senate Ag Committee Climate Change study
Potential Impact of the effects of Climate Change on the Agriculture, Agri-Food and Forestry Sectors
The Senate Committee invited the NFU to present our views on the potential impacts of climate change on agriculture and farmers. The following is an excerpt from the brief presented on April 11, 2017: The Senate Committee invited the NFU to present our views on the potential impacts of climate change on agriculture and farmers. The following is an excerpt from the brief presented on April 11, 2017: Mitigation measures -- ways to reduce emissions and ways to remove carbon from the atmosphere -- should also promote adaptation and resilience. Redundancy and diversity are the keys to resilience. If farmers produce a range of products and incorporate natural buffers into the farm landscape they will be better able to survive unpredictable climatic conditions, extreme weather events and erratic market conditions. Farmers manage millions of acres of land in Canada, and with the right support, can make a huge contribution by building soil organic carbon. Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: March 2017
The Case for a Carbon Tax • Neonicotinoids under review: PMRA proposes phase‐out of imidacloprid and launches review of clothianidin or thiamethoxam • The Public Trust PR Campaign: Agribusiness efforts to avoid public regulation • Grain farmers—we want to hear from you! • Do Farmers Really Believe a Market Exists For Grain Sales? Read more
Union Farmer Quarterly: Winter 2016-17
The Climate Crisis — A defining issue for the next 50 years? • Balancing Power in the Public Interest and Understanding the Science • Reflections on the NFU's 47th Annual Convention from Bursary Recipients • Gene Drives Threaten Biodiversity: Report from the Convention on Biological Diversity • Islanders and the Land and Migrant Dreams • National Farmers Foundation Report to the NFU National Convention • Resolutions passed at the NFU’s 47th Annual Convention • We Remember ... Marie Hendricken (1935 – 2016) Read more
NFU comments on Ontario Compliance Offset Credits Regulatory Proposal
The NFU is opposed to international trading of carbon offset credits. When transactions involve developing countries that may not have the capacity to ensure these purchases create real offsets, there is a high risk of fraud. The NFU is also opposed to international trade in carbon offsets because it has already resulted in powerful corporations unjustly taking land from small farmers to support illegitimate or poorly regulated carbon credits. Thus, we support the proposed Ontario regulation’s restriction that limits eligible offset initiatives to those within Canada’s borders. We also support the reporting requirement that ensures the Ontario-registered offsets are not simultaneously used in another emission trading system. Read more
NFU sends Ag Ministers input for next agriculture policy framework
In advance of the annual conference of Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Agriculture Ministers to be held in Calgary, July 20-22, 2016, the National Farmers Union (NFU) sent a letter to each of the ministers with input regarding the next agriculture policy framework. Read more
Letter to PM about meeting Paris Agreement commitments
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Email: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca Dear Prime Minister: RE: Meeting Canada’s Paris Agreement commitments in tackling climate change and transitioning to a low carbon economy () supports Canada’s commitment to undertake action to keep global temperatures from rising more than Read more
NFU Endorses LEAP Manifesto
has endorsed the LEAP Manifesto. “2016 is a Leap Year, when we add a day to our calendars to bring them into sync with the earth’s revolution around the sun. Because it’s easier to change our human systems than to change the laws of nature” Visit the Leap Manifesto website for more information, including news, Read more