Protecting the Commons

Effective regulations to protect the air, water, food, and biodiversity commons

National Farmers Union Opposes Alberta Open-Pit Coal Mines
The National Farmers Union (NFU) opposes the Alberta government’s decision to rescind forty-four-year-old Coal Policy protections.  With this move, the government is permitting development of open-pit coal mines on the southeastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. The government proceeded without public consultation. The NFU supports the ranchers, farmers, and First Nations opposed to this environmentally Read more
National Farmers Union calls on BC Agriculture Minister to Stop Site C
Speaking for the National Farmers Union (NFU), Women’s President and Peace Region farmer Bess Legault has written to BC Agriculture Minister Hon. Lana Popham asking her to stand with farmers in opposing the Site C Dam project. The BC cabinet is expected to consult this week on a recent review by former deputy finance minister Read more
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 Read more
PEI’s Land and Water Need Protection, says NFU
The concerns surrounding our land can’t be separated from the usage of water. If exploitation of the land is allowed to continue, then exploitation of water will increase. The NFU takes the position that if the role of water is to be extended in agriculture production, then its usage must be a regulated part of a far broader strategy that addresses stewardship of the land and the greater good of farmers, the environment, and rural communities. Read more
Federal Environmental Assessment of drainage project needed
Letter in support of Blackbird Creek Drainage Project designation under CEAA 2012
The NFU sent the following letter to Environment Canada: The National Farmers Union (NFU) supports the designation under subsection 14(2) of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) of the Smith Creek Regional Watershed Association Board’s proposed Blackbird Creek Drainage Project located approximately 50 kilometres east of Yorkton, Saskatchewan and approximately 6 km from Read more
Public Perception of the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector
Submission to House of Commons Agriculture Committee
Pursuant to the motion adopted at its meeting on February 19, 2019, the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food is undertaking a study on the public perception of the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector. The Committee would like to understand the challenges and opportunities for the sector, measures taken by industry and government to improve Read more
NFU applies for Intervenor Status in Climate Change Constitutional Case
In April 2018 the government of Saskatchewan decided to challenge the federal government’s jurisdiction in regard to climate action measures, arguing its Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act reaches beyond federal powers. To date, the governments of Ontario and New Brunswick are intervening in support of Saskatchewan while the government of BC is supporting the federal Read more
Special Reviews of Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam Risk to Aquatic Invertebrates
NFU submission to the Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency
The National Farmers Union (NFU) is pleased to provide comments on the Proposed Special Review Decisions PSRD2018-01 and PSRD2018-02 regarding Risk to Aquatic Invertebrates from Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam respectively. Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam are neonicotinoid insecticides currently approved for use as seed treatment and/or foliar spray on many agricultural crops in Canada. The proposed Special Review Read more
NFU urges Canada to support Declaration for the Rights of Peasants at United Nations
The National Farmers Union (NFU) urges Canada to vote in favour of the United Nations (UN) Declaration for the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas when it goes before the 3rd Committee session of the General Assembly. Read more
Over 200 Global Food Movement Leaders and Organizations Reject “Gene Drives”
Global food movement leaders and organizations representing hundreds of millions of farmers and food workers today set out their clear opposition to “gene drives” – a controversial new genetic forcing technology. A new report, Forcing the Farm, lifts the lid on how gene drives may harm food and farming systems. Read more