Protecting the Commons

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

GM wheat contamination incident a reminder of need for better regulation
On June 14, 2018, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) released information about an incident in Alberta where a small patch of unapproved genetically modified wheat was discovered. Read more
Farmers lose with USA’s, Canada’s approval of Bayer acquisition of Monsanto, says NFU
On May 30, 2018 Canada’s Competition Bureau approved Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto with conditions, one day after the United States Justice Department announced its approval of the deal. Read more
Bayer-Monsanto consolidation – media backgrounder
The Bayer-Monsanto deal will transfer significant seed, pesticide and technology assets to BASF, making BASF a more powerful multinational corporation in seed, digital agriculture and agro-chemicals. Read more
Protecting the Commons
The NFU is active in protecting aspects of the commons that are essential for agriculture, farming and the continuation of family farming. Read more
“Polluter Pay” principle at stake as Supreme Court hears Redwater Appeal
Red Deer, AB— On February 15, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case, Orphan Well Association, et al. v. Grant Thornton Limited, et al., also known as the Redwater Appeal. Read more
Farmers and fishers stand together for Pacific fisheries reform
Courtenay, BC— () stands in solidarity with British Columbia fishing communities and the Save our BC Fisheries Campaign. We call on the Canadian government to make urgently needed reforms to Pacific fisheries management and licensing policy. Currently, the Canadian government allows international investors and multinational companies to buy up fishing licenses and quota, driving out Read more
Renegades Rewarded at Public Expense in Site C Dam Decision
Premier John Horgan's reasoning for continuing the construction of Site C is flawed. The new government’s decision to proceed sets a precedent for ignoring process. Read more
SARM delegates miss target
The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) has called on the federal government to expand the legal justification for self-defense. In early March 2017, 93 percent of its annual convention delegates voted in favour of a resolution indicating they believe rural residents do not have adequate rights to protect themselves or their property. It is Read more
NFU Renews Call for #NoDAPL in Solidarity with Standing Rock
As an organization of farmers concerned with the health and integrity of the land and environment, the NFU repeats its support of the rights of the Standing Rock Sioux to defend their water, land, and treaty rights and stands in solidarity with those marching on Washington DC to bring these issues to light. 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