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
World’s largest blueberry exporter – benefits beyond the GDP
A resolution in favour of a Regional Marketing board for wild blueberry production was passed by the general membership at the NFU-NB’s annual general meeting last month in Shediac. Read more
Letter to Minister – Urgent Action needed to stop GM alfalfa seed sales
Hon. Lawrence MacAulay Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 9A6 Email: lawrence.macaulay@parl.gc.ca Dear Minister MacAulay, Re: Urgent Action needed to stop sale of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa seed in Canada and to bring in border controls to prevent importation of contaminated conventional alfalfa seed It has come to our attention Read more
NFU Calls for Immediate Action to Stop GM alfalfa seed sales in Canada
() has written to Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay asking him to take immediate action to stop Monsanto licensee, Forage Genetics International, (FGI) from selling genetically modified (GM) alfalfa seed in Canada this spring. The also asked the Minister to put border controls in place to prevent importation of contaminated conventional alfalfa seed from Read more
System Change Grounded in Food Sovereignty at the 2015 Climate Talks in Paris
I participated in La Vía Campesina’s international delegation to the United Nations climate meeting (COP21) in Paris, France, from December 5 to 12,  2015.  It was evident that social movement activism is helping us move swiftly and peacefully away from fossil capitalism, with its climate crises, and toward a new social order that prioritizes food and energy sovereignty. Read more
Desire for grain price control drives G3 port plans
By Jan Slomp G3 has announced it may build a new grain terminal at the West Lynn terminal on the North Shore of Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet. G3 is the joint venture of US-based multi-national grain company, Bunge Ltd., and the Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Co. (SALIC), owned by the Saudi government. It was given the assets of the now-privatized CWB in early April in return for a promise to invest $250 million in the company. While some are cheering the news of another port facility, in fact, it is more evidence that ending the farmer-directed single-desk Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) has made our grain system less efficient and has allowed grain companies to become more powerful and profitable. The single-desk CWB co-ordinated transportation from country elevator to port vessel so that the existing port facilities were well-utilized and grain moved on time, even ahead of schedule. Read more
Submission to CGC on Licensing of Feed Mills
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanDownload PDF Version <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span"The Canadian Grain Commission is seeking input from feedmills, grain producers, current licensees, and other industry stakeholders on a proposal to license feed mills and to assist in the development of licensing requirements for feed mills. Read more
Ritz locks farmers out, hands CWB keys to Bunge and Saudi king’s fund
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(April 15, 2015)</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span “Today Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced that G3, a joint venture owned by two foreign corporations, Bunge and the Saudi investment company SALIC, is the beneficiary of CWB privatization. With this, the Conservative government has accomplished the biggest transfer of wealth away from farmers in the history of Canada,” said Jan Slomp, National Farmers Union (NFU) President. “The CWB’s physical assets, its commercial relationships, and its good name have all been given away. The “buyers” of the CWB actually get to keep the $250 million pittance they are “paying” for it. Bunge’s 2014 sales totalled $58 billion and multi-billion dollar SALIC is a subsidiary of the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, PIF.” “Where is the financial report or accountability? This is our money and taxpayer dollars,” said Ian Robson, NFU Board member from Manitoba. Read more
Who Benefits, Who Loses from Non-Browning GM Apple
With the recently announced US approval of the genetically modified (GM) "Arctic Apple" along with the current Ag Canada review, BC apple growers are understandably concerned about the potential release of this product into their marketplace. Read more