Seed

Promoting seed sovereignty: farmer control of seed, a seed system in the public interest

Seed Synergy: the back story
Over the last two months farmers have become aware of an ominous drive coordinated by elements of Canada’s seed industry and financially aided by our Federal Government that is attempting to eliminate our right to freely save and reuse our own seed. Read more
UN Adopts Declaration on the Rights of Peasants
The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly approved the Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas this afternoon, expressing the widespread support for the promotion and protection of human rights for an often neglected population. It was approved by a recorded vote of 119 in favour to 7 against, with 49 abstentions. Read more
Plant Breeders Rights in Canada under UPOV ‘91
UPOV ’91 is the most restrictive form of PBR law. It enhances the rights of seed companies such as Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow, Viterra, Pioneer, DuPont and Cargill at the expense of farmers. Read more
Over 200 Global Food Movement Leaders and Organizations Reject “Gene Drives”
Global food movement leaders and organizations representing hundreds of millions of farmers and food workers today set out their clear opposition to “gene drives” – a controversial new genetic forcing technology. A new report, Forcing the Farm, lifts the lid on how gene drives may harm food and farming systems. Read more
Bill C-18 Archive
NFU fought Bill C-18, the Agriculture Growth Act, which became law on February 25, 2015
Bill C-18, "The Agricultural Growth Act," became law on February 25, 2015 and gives multi-national agri-business much more money, power and control, while increasing farmers’ costs and reducing farmers’ autonomy and Canadian sovereignty. Read more
NFU letter to CGC Commissioners re: Eastern wheat class
Our wheat class system is designed to serve our customers by matching end-uses with wheat classes. The proposed new merit-less class is not in the interests of producers for many reasons. Read more
Requesting CFIA to publish location of genetically modified wheat field trials
"The recently reported incident where wheat plants with a Monsanto-owned glyphosate resistance trait were discovered in southern Alberta is a serious wake-up call. The National Farmers Union is very concerned about the potential loss of Canada’s wheat markets due to contamination of crops and fields with genetically modified wheat escapes from experimental test plots." Read more
NFU calls on CFIA to publish GM wheat test plot sites
The recent discovery in southern Alberta of genetically modified wheat plants with Monsanto’s glyphosate resistance trait has renewed concern about the risk of GMO contamination to Canada’s wheat. Japan and Korea have suspended imports of Canadian wheat pending their own investigation of the situation. Read more
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