Get big or get out the track hoe
How agricultural policy drives farmland drainage by Cathy Holtslander, Director of Research and Policy The National Farmers Union is a direct-membership organization made up of Canadian farm families who share Read more
Letter – CFIA President must be replaced in light of CropLife Canada apparent involvement in writing regulations
The revelation that a document summarizing the CFIA’s regulatory proposal was produced on a computer owned by Jennifer Hubert, Director General, Plant Biotechnology, CropLife Canada, is a wake-up call regarding CFIA’s improper collaboration with CropLife and its sister lobby groups, Seeds Canada and the Canada Grains Council. The CFIA shows a long-standing pattern of deference to the regulated parties which has caused us to lose confidence in the CFIA’s ability to protect the public interest. We therefore ask that the President of the CFIA be replaced with a new leader who will uphold an unwavering commitment to protecting the interests of Canadians, our food and our environment in order to restore the CFIA’s reputation and credibility. Read more
Nitrogen Fertilizer: New Report Takes Big-Picture Look
SASKATOON, Sask: The National Farmers Union (NFU) today released a report entitled Nitrogen Fertilizer: Critical Nutrient, Key Farm Input, and Major Environmental Problem.  The report takes a big-picture look at Read more
Stop the ratification of CETA! A joint statement by German and Canadian civil society groups
On the occasion of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to Canada, and ahead of the announced ratification of the EU–Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) by the German parliament, Read more
Letter to Ag Committee Requesting Fertilizer Investigation
Dear Chairperson Blois and members of the Committee: The NFU is again requesting that the Committee undertake a thorough review of fertilizer pricing, the structure of the sector, and the conduct Read more
Op Ed – Health Minister must ensure new gene edited foods are properly and democratically regulated
 On May 18, Health Canada announced how it will regulate foods from gene-edited plants. The new “regulatory guidance” turns its back on science and transparency by actually exempting many new gene-edited foods from regulation. Our health minister, Jean-Yves Duclos, has decided to allow Health Canada to open the door for product developers to sell gene-edited organisms without any government oversight. He has abandoned his responsibility to Canadians who rely on the government to ensure our food system is safe. Without proper regulation, there is no assurance for Canadians or our export customers, that our products are safe. Read more
Take Action: Stop the CFIA from abandoning GM seed regulation!
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) wants to make gene-edited genetically engineered (genetically modified or GM) plants and seed exempt from regulation. Instead, it would let private companies decide if Read more
NFU Briefing Note on proposed gene editing regulatory guidance
National Farmers Union BRIEFING NOTE regarding proposed regulatory guidances for plants and seeds produced using new biotechnologies (gene editing) Recommendations to Health Canada: • All gene-edited products, including those with Read more
Op Ed – Farmers Beware the Variety Use Agreement
The VUA is a pilot project of Seeds Canada, where some companies make specific new varieties available only under a contract requiring the farmer to pay the company a fee every time they use the variety for farm-saved seed. Farmers should be aware of the history of the VUA and what it means for their right to use farm saved seed. Read more
Passez à l’action : Arrêtez l’ACIA d’abandonner la réglementation sur les semences GM !
L’Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments (ACIA) veut exempter des règlements les plantes et les semences transgéniques (génétiquement modifiées ou GM). Au lieu de ça, elle laissserait les compagnies privées décider Read more