Food Sovereignty

UN Human Rights Council passes a resolution adopting the peasant rights declaration in Geneva
Seventeen years of long and arduous negotiations later, peasants and other people working in rural areas are only a step away from having a UN Declaration that could defend and protect their rights to land, seeds, biodiversity, local markets and a lot more. Read more
Food Sovereignty
The National Farmers Union and other family farm/peasant, indigenous and rural workers organizations work within the global movement, La Vía Campesina, to resist the global trade agreements and the WTO, stop the destruction of communities, cultures, and environments, and build an alternative: food sovereignty. Read more
A Food Policy for Canada
The NFU brief presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food promotes the idea that a food policy for Canada could usher in a holistic view of food and agriculture that would transform Canada’s farming, food processing and distribution system into one that makes food sovereignty a reality if the government decides to start building a food system that benefits Canadian farmers and consumers instead of accelerating down its current path which has only concentrated the power and wealth of multinational corporations and diminished the democratic space for elected governments. Read more
NFU asks Ag Committee to make food sovereignty the foundation of National Food Policy
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanOttawa</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span—The federal government has mandated the Minister of Agriculture to “develop a food policy that promotes healthy living and safe food by putting more healthy, high-quality food, produced by Canadian ranchers and farmers, on the tables of families across the country.” On Thursday, October 5, National Farmers Union (NFU) Youth President, Ayla Fenton, will speak to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food, asking them to make food sovereignty the foundation of Canada’s national food policy. Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: October 2017
Our National Food Policy Includes Farmers! • What impact has Free Trade had on Canadian farmers? (tear-out fact sheet) • Private Corporation Tax Reform — Implications for Canada’s family farms • Bill C‐49 Will Amend Canada’s Transportation Laws Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: June 2017
NAFTA renegotiation provides opening for renewed US attack on Canadian wheat grading framework • What do NFU members want to see in Canada’s first National Food Policy? • Frequently Asked Questions about the Wheat Class System • NFU Submission to CGC Consultation on proposed Eastern Wheat Class • NFU Vice President presents on Climate Change at Senate Committee • Census of Agriculture 2016 • What does NAFTA actually say about Supply Management? Read more
Growing Forward 2 – Accelerating Globalization, Stalling Food Sovereignty
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanGrowing Forward 2 – Accelerating Globalization, Stalling Food Sovereignty: </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanImplications of the GF2 Strategic Initiatives Suite</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanBrief by the National Farmers Union, February, 2013 Read full brief (PDF) <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanSummary of brief:</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanGrowing Forward 2 (GF2) is Canada’s five-year federal-provinci Read more
Ontario NFU Submission to OMAFRA on Proposed Local Food Act
In solidarity with family farmers and peasants across the world, the NFU advocates for a food system built on the priniciples of food sovereignty. Food sovereignty recognizes the central place food has in our lives and the importance of people in their own communities having democratic control over decisions of where food comes from and how it is produced. Read more
Farmers, the Food Chain and Agriculture Policies in Canada in Relation to the Right to Food
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanSubmission of the National Farmers Union of Canada to the Special Rapporteur On The Right To Food, Mr. Olivier De Schutter, Mission </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanto Canada, May 2012*</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span* Note: to view report complete with graphs, please download the PDF version here.The National Farmers Union (NFU) is a voluntary direct-membership, non-partisan national farm organization. Founded in 1969, and with roots going back more than a century, the NFU represents thousands of farm families from coast to coast. The NFU works toward the development of economic and social policies that will maintain small and medium sized family farms as the primary food-producers in Canada. Read more