Other Publications

Non-periodical publications by the National Farmers Union and relevant publications by others.

2021

Who will feed us?
Who will feed us?

Who will feed us? New farmer perspectives on agriculture for the future has evolved over several years with the help of many young farmers. In many ways it began in response to multiple intersecting crises: declining numbers of farmers and farms across the country, an aging farmer population without new and young farmers to replace


Taking Stock of Abattoir Regulations
Taking Stock of Abattoir Regulations

The NFU’s Taking Stock of Abattoir Regulations report reviews provincial regulations on slaughter, meat processing (cut/wrap), and marketing across Canada. It highlights common points and differences among the regulations, and identifies where specific aspects of these regulations (or how they are applied) create barriers to local and regional meat production, as well as those pieces that support thriving local and regional food systems and local producers.


NFU-O releases new report: “Reframing the Farm Labour Crisis in Ontario”
NFU-O releases new report: “Reframing the Farm Labour Crisis in Ontario”

Executive Summary Growing concerns over a “farm labour crisis” or “farm labour shortage” have not taken into account the unique labour conditions on small and mid-sized farms. There is a need to reframe the discussion on the farm labour crisis to better understand how labour shortages are felt and understood within smaller operations compared with


Imagine If: A Vision of a Near-Zero-Emission Farm and Food System for Canada
Imagine If: A Vision of a Near-Zero-Emission Farm and Food System for Canada

On March 18th, the National Farmers Union (NFU) released a new report: Imagine If… A Vision of a Near-Zero-Emission Farm and Food System for Canada.  The report takes a 2030 viewpoint and invites readers to imagine a wide range of positive policies and on-farm measures implemented in the 2020s to reduce food-system emissions and increase


2020

Concentration Matters: Farmland Inequality on the Prairies
Concentration Matters: Farmland Inequality on the Prairies

On the Canadian Prairies, small and medium-sized family farms are often portrayed as the primary food production units. Yet, the reality of farming in Western Canada is quite different. In fact, a small and declining number of farms are operating the lion’s share of Prairie farmland and capturing the lion’s share of farm revenue and


Frontline Farmers
Frontline Farmers

How the National Farmers Union Resists Agribusiness and Creates Our New Food Future Edited by Annette Aurélie Desmarais Who grows the food we eat? How important is it that family farms are viable in Canada today and in the future? How do viable family farms help determine the safety, diversity and sustainability of Canada’s food systems?


2019

Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis
Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis

By publishing Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis, the NFU signals its commitment to participating in a meaningful conversation among farmers, scientists and policymakers that will evolve as our understanding and knowledge increases. The farm crisis is real, as is the climate crisis.  Left unchecked, the climate crisis will dramatically deepen the income


NFU History in the Making
NFU History in the Making

For more than 50 years, the National Farmers Union members have been on the front lines, defending farmers’ interests and advocating for better ways. The NFU has taken on — and very often won — the difficult but critical struggles within the Canadian agricultural and food systems. This booklet, prepared for the NFU’s 50th anniversary


2018

NAFTA renegotiation provides opening for renewed US attack on Canadian wheat grading framework
NAFTA renegotiation provides opening for renewed US attack on Canadian wheat grading framework

The stated desire to expand the volume of US wheat exports into Canada is not a believable reason for demands to gain access to our grading system. However, it would benefit the multinational grain companies that support the US wheat lobby to dismantle our CGC grading system and instead have all wheat sold on specifications instead of by class and grade.


FAQs about the Wheat Class System
FAQs about the Wheat Class System

The CGC is the federal government agency that regulates grain handling in Canada and certifies the quality, safety and quantity of export shipments of Canadian grain.


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