Seed

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

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
Bayer-Monsanto consolidation – media backgrounder
The Bayer-Monsanto deal will transfer significant seed, pesticide and technology assets to BASF, making BASF a more powerful multinational corporation in seed, digital agriculture and agro-chemicals. Read more
NFU Newsletter: April 2018
Seed Synergy or Seed Sovereignty?, Global agribusiness consolidation, Reconciliation must include rural communities (Max Fineday), An NFU innovation to improve grain handling and transportation for farmers (Terry Boehm), Are Influence Elites setting Canada’s Agriculture Agenda?, and a new award-winning Canadian documentary on GM food. Read more
Time for Canadian farmers to stand up for our grain grading system!
US-based lobby groups want to change the Canada Grains Act to allow American grain access to our wheat grading system, or get rid of the grading system altogether. Both options help the multinational grain companies and harm farmers. Read more
Save Our Seed
Join the National Farmers Union and strengthen our campaign for Canada to adopt a truly farmer-friendly seed law that balances the interests of the public, farmers and plant breeders in a manner accepted by the Canadian public. Read more
Union Farmer Quarterly: Fall 2017
Reflections on Changes to Risk Management Programs • Putting Values into Action: NFU members make a difference! • 7e Conférence de LVC présenté des symboles forts de résistance et de réussites collectives • Important steps forward for youth and diversity within La Via Campesina • In Resistance to Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline: Indigenous Rights and Future Generations • Let's keep our public, farmer-directed plant breeding research system intact • Seeds, Democracy and End Point Royalties • We Remember Mary Hickie Read more
Farm Groups Call on Ag Minister to Cancel GM Alfalfa Registration
14 farm organizations repeated their joint call for the federal government to cancel variety registration for all genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) alfalfa until a full economic impact assessment is conducted, and to establish a protocol for testing all imports of alfalfa seed grown in the US. Read more
Des regroupements d’agriculteurs exhortent le ministre de l’Agriculture à révoquer l’enregistrement des variétés de luzerne génétiquement modifiée
Un groupe d’organisations agricoles du Canada réitère leur demande conjointe à Lawrence MacAulay, ministre fédéral de l’Agriculture et de l’Agroalimentaire, de révoquer l’enregistrement de toutes les variétés de luzerne génétiquement modifiée, afin qu’elles soient retirées du marché jusqu’à ce que l’on ait procédé à une évaluation complète de leur impact économique, et d’établir un protocole d’analyse qui sera appliqué à toutes importations de semences de luzerne cultivées aux États-Unis. Read more