Union Farmer Newsletter: January 2018
OP Ed: Looking a Gift Card in the Mouth: What Loblaws’ price-fixing is signaling about the future for Canadian farmers Op Ed: Renegades Rewarded at Public Expense in Site C Dam Decision Op Ed: OmniTRAX not solely to blame for derailing Port of Churchill More ways to be involved with the ! Read more
Looking a Gift Card in the Mouth
While we all like something free, we are being bought off cheaply, and many of us haven’t even begun to process the underlying environment that made such a small payoff possible. Read more
A Food Policy for Canada
The NFU brief presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food promotes the idea that a food policy for Canada could usher in a holistic view of food and agriculture that would transform Canada’s farming, food processing and distribution system into one that makes food sovereignty a reality if the government decides to start building a food system that benefits Canadian farmers and consumers instead of accelerating down its current path which has only concentrated the power and wealth of multinational corporations and diminished the democratic space for elected governments. Read more
NFU asks Ag Committee to make food sovereignty the foundation of National Food Policy
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanOttawa</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span—The federal government has mandated the Minister of Agriculture to “develop a food policy that promotes healthy living and safe food by putting more healthy, high-quality food, produced by Canadian ranchers and farmers, on the tables of families across the country.” On Thursday, October 5, National Farmers Union (NFU) Youth President, Ayla Fenton, will speak to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food, asking them to make food sovereignty the foundation of Canada’s national food policy. Read more
UNF mémoire sur la Politique alimentaire pour le Canada
Le mémoire de l'UNF présenté au Comité permanent de l'agriculture et de l'agroalimentaire de la Chambre des communes favorise l'idée qu'une politique alimentaire pour le Canada pourrait donner naissance à une vision holistique de l'alimentation et de l'agriculture qui transformerait l'agriculture, le traitement des aliments et le système de distribution du Canada en un seul rend la souveraineté alimentaire une réalité si le gouvernement décide de commencer à construire un système alimentaire qui profite aux agriculteurs et aux consommateurs canadiens au lieu d'accélérer son chemin actuel qui a seulement concentré le pouvoir et la richesse des sociétés multinationales et réduit l'espace démocratique pour les gouvernements élus. Read more
NFU endorses Tri-National Declaration on NAFTA renegotiation
The National Farmers Union participated in the Encounter of Social Organizations of Canada, the United States and Mexico, which was held in May 2017, and endorses the following statement: Read more
Free Trade, Rural Canada and How to keep Canada from being Trumped
We need an agenda for agriculture that makes rural quality of life and viable family farms the priority. Read more
Bayer-Monsanto deal latest in agribusiness merger and acquisition trend
Saskatoon—Bayer’s September 14 announcement that it will buy Monsanto for $66 billion comes just days after fertilizer companies PotashCorp and Agrium confirmed their $30 billion dollar merger deal. Meanwhile, the Chinese agro-chemical giant, ChemChina is in the process of buying Sygenta for $43 billion. Dupont and Dow expect to complete their $68 billion merger by the end of this year. Read more
Bottling Canada’s Food Policies – What the debate over ketchup says about the future of farming
The recent social media splash made over French’s ketchup highlights what the National Farmers Union (NFU) has been talking about for years – food sovereignty matters. Read more
Our beef is not just with Earl’s – a better system is within reach
Earl’s sourcing decision also highlights Canada’s need for a more diversified beef system that would create more value for both farmers and consumers. Read more