Seed

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

Union Farmer Newsletter: October 2020
Articles in this issue: Seed Canada vote signals farmers can’t be taken for granted; Hairy canola— a big deal!; Solving climate crisis key to saving family farms: NFU has lead role in both struggles; More local, regional abattoir capacity needed; Alberta changes legislation to allow more on-farm slaughtering Read more
NFU thanks Seed Growers after vote affirms self-determination and independence
When CSGA members’ votes were tallied, 55% rejected the Seeds Canada initiative promoted by the Seed Synergy collaboration. The NFU thanks Canada’s seed growers for voting to keep their organization and maintain its democratic control in the hands of farmer members. The rejected Seeds Canada proposal would have eliminated the seed growers’ independent collective voice by setting up a governance structure and fee schedule designed to exclude independent seed growers over time. Read more
Seeds Canada amalgamation plan sidelines independent seed growers
No one can deny the importance of seed – to farmers and agriculture, and also to food security and society at large. The Seed Synergy groups are positioning themselves to not only influence, but replace the public regulator. If Seed Synergy’s amalgamation plans succeed, the independent seed grower will soon be a thing of the past, and democratically accountable public regulation process will be turned inside out, with self-interested corporations regulating farmers instead. Read more
Union Farmers Newsletter: July 2020
Inside this issue … Envisioning a Post-Pandemic Agriculture and Food System: A sustainable and just food system for Canada as proposed by the National Farmers Union to mitigate and prevent multiple cascading crises and provide the foundation of a good life. 2019 Farm Revenue and Expense Data: Farm income not as “high” as first appears, 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
Union Farmer Quarterly: Summer 2019
In this issue: Messages from the Editorial Advisory Committee, President Katie Ward, Women’s President Toby Malloy, Youth President Stuart Oke; Regional Coordinators It’s a blast from the past! In celebration of the NFU’s 50th Anniversary, we are profiling some of the folks who have held national elected positions over the years, including Urban Laughlin – Read more
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