Our modern lifestyles demand more rights and freedom of speech. In Canada specifically, we repeatedly hear about our rights as citizens to have the freedom of speech and the right to make decisions. Democracy is built on the foundation that everybody has the right to represent their idea in government.
Union Farmer Newsletter – October 2012Should Ecological Goods and Services be part of the Ontario Local Food Act?Frying our Bacon: Globalization, Competitiveness and Canadian Hog Policy
“Further to letters written to you under dates July 16th, July 24th, August 1st and August 20th, the Renfrew County National Farmers Union Executive has instructed me to again update the above on the 2012 drought situation many farmers in Renfrew County continue to deal with. Attached you will find a September 27, 2012 Article titled “County Still in Level II Drought.”
Union Farmer Quarterly: Fall 2012Presidential and Regional ReportsBusiness Risk Management: Off-loading costs by downsizing programs?NFU National Convention 2012 — Democracy in ActionAction against CETA in Ontario – NFU members making a differenceRio + 20: “The Future We Want” ….NOTNO TO THE FALSE SOLUTIONS OF GREEN CAPITALISM!Practical Applications of Renewable EnergyDear Friends of the Canadian Whe
The NFU – Ontario sent a survey to members and received responses from farmers across the province including Bruce, Elgin, Grey, Huron, Lanark, Lennox and Addington, Ottawa, Oxford and Renfrew counties. Those who responded are working anywhere from 8 to 500 acres. Their crops/activities include beef, sheep, pork, pasture/hay, wheat, spring grains, soybeans, spelt, corn, mixed vegetables, strawberries and horse breeding.
In his novel 1984, George Orwell paints a portrait of a nightmarish future where rights that we now take for granted – the freedom of assembly, speech and to trial – have all been suspended. Acceptance of this totalitarian state is justified by the interests of stability and order, and by the needs a perpetual war. But what makes 1984 endure where other dystopian novels have been forgotten is that Orwell removed one more right that is even more unimaginable in a modern context – the right to think.
The global food system is in profound crisis. More than a billion people suffer from hunger, and their numbers are rising faster than the global population. Yet more than enough food is produced to feed everybody in the world. At the same time we are heading deeper into a global climate crisis, for which the industrial food system is to a large extent to blame. Meanwhile corporations are grabbing huge areas of land and water systems in poor countries, and displacing rural communities.
This three-part book<em 'pulls back the curtain on disturbing technological and corporate trends that are already reshaping our world and that will become crucial battlegrounds for civil society in the years ahead.</em'
Vandana Shiva, Founder, Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology
Union Farmer Quarterly: Summer 2012Presidential and Regional ReportsOrganizing in British ColumbiaFarmers, the Food Chain and Agriculture Policies in Canada in Relation to the Right to FoodGovernance, mandates and the Canadian Grain CommissionUN Committee Adopts Land Guidelines in RomeAn active year for the NFU’s International Program Committee (IPC)The Kootenay Country Co-op StoryCreating space for
Olivier De Schutter, Special Rapporteur on the right to food: Visit to Canada from 6 to 16 May 2012, Preliminary Report
On 16 May 2012, the Special Rapporteur on the right to food conveyed to the Government of Canada his preliminary reflections on his visit. Later that day, he held a press conference in Ottawa at the National Press Theatre. He opened the press conference with some preliminary remarks on the visit.