Protecting the Commons

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

The Importance of Bees and Bee Health
Download PDF Version National Farmers UnionSubmission toStanding Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestryon The Importance of Bees and Bee HealthMay 1, 2014The National Farmers Union (NFU) is a non-partisan, nation-wide democratic organization made up of thousands of farm families across Canada who produce a wide variety of commodities, including grains and oilseeds, livestock, honey, fruits and vegetables. The NFU was founded in 1969. Our mandate is to work for policies designed to: Read more
Ontario Report on Bee Health a Missed Opportunity, says NFU
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(March 20, 2014, St. Read more
NFU calls for precaution and independent research in neonicotinoid review
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(December 17, 2013, St. Marys, ON) - </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanThe National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling for aprecautionary five-year moratorium on the use of the neonicotinoid seed treatments for field crops and for independent research to be done. Such a moratorium would provide time to study the impacts of neonicotinoid insecticides on pollinators and the broader agricultural and natural ecosystems and to fully explore alternatives, including non-chemical alternatives. Read more
NFU Submission – Action to Protect Bees from Exposure to Neonicotinoid Pesticides
The National Farmers Union has submitted the following comments to Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) consultation on Action to Protect Bees from Exposure to Neonicotinoid Pesticides. PDF Version of NFU's submission December 10, 2013<div Read more
Submission to ERCB on Fracking Regulation
The National Farmers Union has submitted feedback to the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) Consultation on its Proposed Regulatory Approach for Unconventional Oil and Gas Development. Read more
NFU presentation to the House of Commons Subcommittee on Food Safety
Family farmers are committed to a food system that provides safe and healthy food to people in this country and abroad. Food production is more than a business to us. As stewards of the land and water, we take very seriously our responsibility to ensure that the food we produce nourishes this and future generations. Read more
NFU Response to the Saskatchewan Uranium Development Partnership Report
has a long-standing policy of opposition to the expansion of uranium mining and nuclear power, as well as opposition to nuclear weapons. This policy was reinforced at the most recent national convention, held in November, 2008, in Saskatoon. Read more
NFU Submission to the House of Commons Environment Committee on the Tar Sands and the impact on water resources
While primary food production remains the heartbeat of rural Alberta, the economic and environmental health of rural communities is increasingly threatened by relentless exploitation of hydrocarbon resources. Read more
NFU letter regarding National Farmed Animal Health Strategy
The Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC) states in its 2007-2008 annual report that: “75% of emerging human diseases are zoonotic in origin” and acknowledges that the implications of “animal health” cannot be confined strictly to animal agriculture. Read more
National Farmers Union Policy on Sustainable Agriculture
Preamble strives for a system of food production, processing, and distribution that is, in all stages, economically viable, socially just, and ecologically sound. The current system does not meet these criteria and, thus, is not sustainable. Powerful forces act against the development of sustainable agriculture. Short-term political and economic goals; international trade liberalization; and the Read more
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