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
NFU releases major report on land ownership and farm debt – “Losing Our Grip – 2015 Update”
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(March 10, 2015, Saskatoon) </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span– The National Farmers Union (NFU) has released a major new report, <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanLosing Our Grip - 2015 Update</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span, which revisits and expands upon the information and analysis of corporate farmland buy-up, farm debt and input financing published by the NFU in 2010. The update was undertaken to provide a well-documented assessment of increasing corporate control of farmland and the acceleration of farm debt, now approaching $80 billion. This report will allow farmers, the general public and policy-makers to critically examine the ownership concentration process and the financial mechanisms that facilitate them. The report concludes with a series of policy recommendations to reclaim farmer autonomy and food sovereignty. Read more
Seed companies, not farmers, will gain with Bill C-18 Royal Assent, says NFU
Saskatoon—On Tuesday, February 25, Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act, became law when it received royal assent. The new law, which brings Canada under the UPOV ’91 plant breeders’ rights regime, will come into force by Cabinet order. From now on, seed companies’ exclusive rights to control new varieties of seed have been expanded, they have gained new ways to collect royalty revenue from farmers and a longer, twenty-year royalty collection period (twenty-five years for tree and vine varieties). Read more