Protecting the Commons

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

NFU submission to PMRA on the Proposed Decision on Imidacloprid
The proposed regulatory decision would phase out over three to five years, all outdoor agricultural, ornamental, turf, and tree uses (except tree injection uses) and greenhouse uses of imidacloprid insecticide and would restrict its use to very limited applications such as flea treatment for pets and injection of trees for control of emerald-ash borer. The decision would also implement additional precautionary measures to protect human and ecosystem health during the phase-out period. We believe this proposed decision is a positive step and we fully support it. We also urge the PMRA to implement effective monitoring and enforcement to ensure compliance with the new label restrictions during the phase-out period. We urge Health Canada to work with Environment Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to promote alternative, less toxic insecticides and non-chemical agriculture techniques for the management of insect pests in general, with a focus on the crops currently using imidacloprid. We strongly encourage federal and provincial governments to assist farmers in adopting such products and methods in order to reduce the quantity of toxic agricultural chemicals being applied to our farmland. Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: January 2017
NFU on Parliament Hill • Next Agricultural Policy Framework • Study on the acquisition of farmland in Canada and its potential impact on the farming sector 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 expresses solidarity with Indigenous land protectors at Standing Rock
The 47th Annual National Convention of the National Farmers Union (NFU) resolved to denounce the repression of peaceful protesters, including Indigenous land protectors, and expressed its support for the rights of people to engage in acts of civil disobedience in defence of the preservation of water, air, land and wildlife for future generations. Read more
NFU-NB Calls on government to uphold independence of Office of the Chief Medical Officer
Fredericton (December 15, 2015) - The National Farmers Union in New Brunswick is calling on the Liberal government for transparency and accountability with regards to the forced leave and termination of the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Eilish Cleary. “The provincial government’s consideration of policy options, especially those that may impact human or environmental health, must be based upon sound, transparent science,” says NFU-NB president Ted Wiggans. “The termination of Dr. Cleary raises questions about the independence of the office of the Chief Medical Officer. It is incumbent upon the government to directly address Dr. Cleary’s termination to insure that the citizens of New Brunswick continue to have confidence in the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer.” Read more
UNF-NB demande au gouvernement de maintenir l’indépendance du Bureau du médecin-hygiéniste en chef
Fredericton—L'Union nationale des fermiers au Nouveau-Brunswick demande au gouvernement libéral de faire preuve de transparence et d'imputabilité en lien avec la démission forcée et le licenciement de la Dre. Eilish Cleary, Médecin-hygiéniste en chef.« L'examen des options politiques par le gouvernement provincial, surtout celles qui pourraient avoir un impact sur la santé des humains et de l'environnement, doit se faire en fonction de données scientifiques solides et transparentes, » déclare Ted Wiggans, président de l'UNF-NB. « Read more
National Farmers Union 46th Annual Convention – Soil: Our Common Ground
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(November 25, 2015)</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span - Members of the National Farmers Union from all across Canada are meeting in London, Ontario, November 26 to 28 for the 46th Annual National Convention. This year, the theme is <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanSoil: Our Common Ground.</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span "As world leaders gather in Paris to discuss climate change, we as farmers are gathering to consider our role, and ways we can make a difference to global warming," said Jan Slomp, NFU President. "We see ourselves not as just producers of commodities - we are also stewards of biological processes that require us to do more than just maximize output. Carbon in the soil is money in the bank. We need to set up the next generation for success by adopting practices that work with biological systems to move carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and into the soil." Read more
Submission on the Development of the PEI Water Act
PDF Version <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanNFU District 1, Region 1</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanSubmission concerning</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanThe Development of the Prince Edward Island Water Act</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanPresented to the PEI Environmental Advisory Council </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanNovember 3, 2015 <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanThe members of the generation which is in power must not treat the earth as something given by their parents, but rather as something borrowed from their children. </em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(National Farmers Union Policy G-6 #1) Read more
NFU calls for Moratorium on Site C Dam
(Sept. 16, 2015) - The proposed Site C Dam on the Peace River in British Columbia would destroy lands that have provided food and cultural sustenance for First Nations for thousands of years. It would flood over 30,000 acres of fertile land in the Peace River valley, including over 7,000 acres of Class 1 and Class 2 land that is capable of producing an abundance of diverse fruits, vegetables and all kinds of other foods. Its long summer daylight hours combined with rich alluvial soils and the sheltered valley areas provide unique micro-climates and excellent growing conditions. The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) is calling for a two-year moratorium on development of the Site C Dam. The Chiefs demand that the proposed project be referred to the BC Utilities Commission for a proper independent review, where testimony is done under oath and evidence can be cross-examined. Read more
NFU Denounces Lethbridge “Libricide”
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(August 27, 2015)</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span Publically funded research and development is once again under attack with the trashing of the library at the Lethbridge Agriculture Canada Research Station. This is just the latest in a long line of government libraries where collections were tossed into dumpsters, burned or went to landfills. The National Farmers Union (NFU) denounces the destruction of publically funded science research and knowledge.“You know destroying history is wrong. But that is what the Harper government is doing when they destroy these public institutions,” said Ian Robson, NFU Board member from Manitoba. Read more