Seed

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

Farmers’ right to seed is a matter of principle
by Ann Slater Last December the United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas. This declaration was brought forward by La Via Campesina (LVC) – a global movement which brings together organizations representing small- and medium-scale farmers, peasants, agricultural workers, rural women and indigenous communities. The Read more
The NFU and La Via Campesina demand peasant rights NOW
On April 17th each year La Via Campesina (LVC), the international movement of 200 million peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, rural women and youth, Indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world, commemorates the massacre of landless peasants in Eldorado dos Carajás, Brazil in 1996. The peasants were slaughtered while struggling Read more
Op-Ed Seed Synergy and Value Creation — A Solution in Search of a Problem
Given the health and vigor of Canada’s public plant breeding system, and farmers’ willingness to step up and help to enhance and improve it, it appears that AAFCs “Value Creation" initiative is an unwanted solution to a manufactured problem. Read more
Save Our Seed Webinar
Thanks to everyone who attended and participated! Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation given at the webinar. Ag Canada has launched consultations on proposals to increase seed royalties either by an End Point Royalty or with Trailing Contracts. The proposed royalty scheme would have farmers who use their own seed pay millions of dollars Read more
Union Farmer Quarterly: Winter 2019
In this issue: Messages from the Editorial Advisory Committee, President Katie Ward, Women’s President Toby Malloy, Youth President Stuart Oke; reports from First-Time Convention Attendees Introducing Jessie Macinnis, Youth Vice President; Riley Côté-Demerchant, Region 1 Board Member Resolutions passed at the NFU’s 49th Annual Convention, November 22nd to 24th, 2018 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Remembering Brendan Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: January – February 2019
Farm Saved Seed Royalties: What you need to know – The corporate seed industry is lobbying the federal government to bring in new regulations under Canada’s Plant Breeders Rights Act to set up a system that would force farmers who plant newer varieties to pay a royalty every year even when planting farm saved seed. This Read more
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