Business Risk Management Programs under Growing Forward 2
This NFU Brief outlines our analysis of the suite of Business Risk Management programs, also known as agriculture safety net programs, being negotiated under the Growing Forward 2 federal-provincial policy framework, and makes recommendations to make these programs work better for family farmers. Read more
Losing Our Grip How a Corporate Farmland Buy-up, Rising Farm Debt, and Agribusiness Financing of Inputs Threaten Family Farms and Food Sovereignty
The land on which our food is grown is, to a significant extent, owned by local citizens and the families who work that land. This family farm model is widely supported—by farmers and non-farmers alike. But this model is under serious threat of extinction. And the issue goes beyond mere land ownership: the core issue Read more
NFU Comments regarding Health Canada’s proposal to permit the use of a GM-derived enzyme, Asparaginase, as a food additive
() welcomes the opportunity to comment on the proposal by Health Canada to amend the Food and Drug Regulations. Specifically, Health Canada seeks to permit the use of Asparaginase in the manufacture of certain wheat dough-based food products such as bread, crackers and cookies; and also cut potato products including French fries, sliced potato products Read more
Government Ignores Concerns with Variety Registration Change and Plows Ahead Anyway
The federal government has changed the variety registration system regulations in spite of widespread opposition and concerns. The variety registration system is a system where new plant varieties are independently tested and judged on their performance and merit by recommending committees before they can be grown as commercial crops in Canada. Read more
NFU presentation on competitiveness and competition to Commons Agriculture Committee
The solution to the farm income crisis is simple: Canadian federal and provincial legislation, policies, and regulations must cease strengthening the most powerful and profitable in the system and instead rebalance the strength and profitability of farmers relative to these agribusiness giants. We must curb, not fortify, the capacities of the dominant global transnationals to Read more
The Farm Crisis and the Cattle Sector: Toward a New Analysis and New Solutions
We have a crisis. We have a need for new thinking. We have a need for bold solutions. There will be resistance. There will be near- hysterical attacks on those who threaten the status quo. But we must prevail. We must reverse course. We must talk about corporate power and captive supply and about the Read more