Food Sovereignty

NFU asks PM to address ag crises in Minster’s mandate
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau The National Farmers Union would like to extend our congratulations to you for your successful re-election, as well as to all newly-elected and returning Members of Parliament. We also extend our appreciation to all candidates who participated in the election. Agriculture policy is fundamental to Canada’s economic, social and environmental well-being. Read more
NFU outlines priorities for the Next Policy Framework
The National Farmers Union (NFU) has shared its priorities for the next federal-provincial-territorial agriculture policy framework in a letter sent to Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial Agriculture Ministers ahead of their July annual conference. Setting priorities for the Next Policy Framework (NPF), the successor to the five-year Canadian Agricultural Partnership, is the focus of this Read more
Farmers Can’t Do it Alone. What we need to fight the climate crisis. 
In inspiring numbers, young farmers are taking to the land to act on climate – but we know that our individual zeal, commitment, and fighting spirit will not be enough to achieve the drastic reduction in on-farm emissions that we so desperately need. “I can make my own individual actions but what we really need Read more
NFU stands in solidarity with Indian farmers protesting new agricultural laws
The National Farmers Union stands in solidarity with farmers in India, who continue to protest new agricultural laws formally passed in September. This agriculture reform will effectively undermine the guaranteed prices farmers receive through government purchase of staple crops and open them up to exploitation by large corporations. Tens of thousands of Indian farmers are Read more
Alternative Federal Budget Recovery Plan: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives — Agriculture
"With policy rooted in principles of food sovereignty and agroecology, the AFB Recovery Plan will build a food system that will democratically provide sustainability, security, and stability in our food supply, and fair incomes for food providers and food consumers. In recognition that COVID-19 is not the first or last crisis we will face, our food system will no longer be designed to maximize extraction with “just in time” and “lean” approaches, but instead will build in buffers and reserves that provide resilience. Read more
Letter – Time to rebuild our meat processing system
Smaller, safer slaughter plants in each province would disperse threats to food security. If one plant was forced to close it would not disrupt the food chain across the entire country. Providing safe secure food from local farms to local consumers is entirely possible without putting meat packing workers at risk. Bigger is not always better.  Read more
Farmers Markets Are Essential Services, says NFU
(Kingston) — The COVID-19 global pandemic highlights the vulnerabilities in our society. Our healthcare system, our globalized economy, and our food system are all being tested. Food supply chains have undergone major changes over the past several decades as a result of globalization. Corporations coordinate transnational shipments to precisely balance supply and demand, keeping inventories Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: October – November 2019
Inside this issue … Seed Synergy update: Seed industry groups are preparing to consolidate power in one big organization —  Five of the six Seed Synergy groups are trying to merge into one big group as part of their push to get control of Canada’s seed regulatory system. GM Herbicide-Tolerant Crop Concerns — Bayer is Read more
La Via Campesina response to USMCA
The original North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA, or TLCAN) devastated rural communities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. From displacing peasants in Mexico and forcing millions of them to migrate north, to the forced removal of trade protections for family farmers in Canada and the United States, the 1990s experiment with free trade Read more
Celebrating Evelyn Potter’s life and reflecting on the impact of her work
I first heard the name Evelyn Potter at my first National Farmers Union Convention in Ottawa in 2009. It was the 40th Anniversary of the NFU. Unfortunately Evelyn was unable to attend in person as planned, but her written address was read to the convention as the NFU’s First Women’s president to mark this significant Read more
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