Union Farmer Quarterly: Winter 2019
In this issue: Messages from the Editorial Advisory Committee, President Katie Ward, Women’s President Toby Malloy, Youth President Stuart Oke; reports from First-Time Convention Attendees Introducing Jessie Macinnis, Youth Vice President; Riley Côté-Demerchant, Region 1 Board Member Resolutions passed at the NFU’s 49th Annual Convention, November 22nd to 24th, 2018 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Remembering Brendan Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: January – February 2019
Farm Saved Seed Royalties: What you need to know – The corporate seed industry is lobbying the federal government to bring in new regulations under Canada’s Plant Breeders Rights Act to set up a system that would force farmers who plant newer varieties to pay a royalty every year even when planting farm saved seed. This Read more
UN Declaration on the rights of peasants formally adopted by General Assembly
La Via Campesina makes history
La Via Campesina makes history as UN Declaration on the rights of peasants is formally adopted by General Assembly, Dec 17, 2018 Read more
Op-Ed: Oil, dairy supply management paradox points to need for a new policy direction
On December 2, the Alberta government announced it will impose production discipline on the province’s oil companies to bring the price of bitumen-based oil above its cost of production. This came in response to it being discounted by over $50 per barrel compared to higher-grade West Texas Intermediate oil. Falling prices would soon cause oil Read more
Letter to Prime Minister urging Canada not to sign new NAFTA agreement in its present form
November 29, 2018 The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau P.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Canada House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Dear Prime Minister, Re: NFU urges Canada to not sign new NAFTA agreement on November 30, 2018 The National Farmers Union (NFU) urges Canada not to sign the new NAFTA agreement in Buenos Aires Read more
UN Adopts Declaration on the Rights of Peasants
The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly approved the Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas this afternoon, expressing the widespread support for the promotion and protection of human rights for an often neglected population. It was approved by a recorded vote of 119 in favour to 7 against, with 49 abstentions. Read more
As if the USMCA dairy concessions were not bad enough…
It is deeply concerning, though not surprising, that the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) has at least three chapters that formally entrench corporate influence on government decision-making. Read more
Over 200 Global Food Movement Leaders and Organizations Reject “Gene Drives”
Global food movement leaders and organizations representing hundreds of millions of farmers and food workers today set out their clear opposition to “gene drives” – a controversial new genetic forcing technology. A new report, Forcing the Farm, lifts the lid on how gene drives may harm food and farming systems. Read more
World Bank–IMF Guilty of Promoting Land Grabs, Increasing Inequality, says LVC
At a meeting of La Via Campesina facilitated by Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI) in Bali, peasant organisations from Asia, Africa, Americas and Europe have unanimously held World Bank and IMF responsible for facilitating large scale land grab, deforestation and ocean grabbing around the world, which has led to inequality, poverty and global hunger. Read more
Canadian dairy farmers hit yet again with new trade agreement, says NFU
The Canadian government again secured a trade deal by sacrificing another vital part of domestic supply management. NAFTA will be replaced with a new trade agreement, now called USMCA, the US Mexico Canada Agreement. Read more