Passez à l’action : Arrêtez l’ACIA d’abandonner la réglementation sur les semences GM !
L’Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments (ACIA) veut exempter des règlements les plantes et les semences transgéniques (génétiquement modifiées ou GM). Au lieu de ça, elle laissserait les compagnies privées décider si leurs propres produits sont sécuritaires pour l’environnement – et de les mettre en marché sans pour autant révéler qu’ils soient génétiquement modifiés. Dites à Read more
Take Action: Stop the CFIA from abandoning GM seed regulation!
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) wants to make gene-edited genetically engineered (genetically modified or GM) plants and seed exempt from regulation. Instead, it would let private companies decide if their own products are safe for the environment — and put them on the market without revealing they are gene-edited. Tell the Minister you want Read more
Request for investigation of fertilizer pricing in Canada
On January 12, the NFU sent the following letter asking the Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food to launch an investigation into fertilizer prices. Dear Mr. Blois, RE: Request for investigation of fertilizer pricing in Canada The National Farmers Union (NFU) is concerned about possible profiteering by fertilizer companies. Read more
Statement on United Nations International Migrants Day
The National Farmers Union (NFU) stands in solidarity with all migrant workers on International Migrants Day. The NFU calls on the Canadian government to extend permanent residency status to all those who grow our food. In April 2021, former Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Minister, Marco Mendocino, announced a Temporary Policy to enable up Read more
Grocery Prices are Rising and Farmers’ Share Declining as Corporate Processors and Retailers Take More and More
Swift Current, SK—Retail food prices are rising. To explain these increases, many commentators point to rising prices for farm products and cite drought, other production problems, the pandemic, or supply-chain issues. This is not an accurate explanation. Public data shows that corporate food processors and retailers have relentlessly, for decades, pushed up retail prices even Read more
Taking Stock of Abattoir Regulations
How provincial rules help or hinder regional meat production
The NFU's Taking Stock of Abattoir Regulations report reviews provincial regulations on slaughter, meat processing (cut/wrap), and marketing across Canada. It highlights common points and differences among the regulations, and identifies where specific aspects of these regulations (or how they are applied) create barriers to local and regional meat production, as well as those pieces that support thriving local and regional food systems and local producers. Read more
End of International Fossil Fuel Subsidies Good First Step: Now Government Must Redirect Domestic Subsidies to Renewables, and Retrain Workers
French follows Glasgow, Scotland—The National Farmers Union (NFU) congratulates Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for pledging to phase out public finance for fossil fuels projects abroad.   Today at COP26, 24 countries announced their intention to phase out, by 2022, subsidies that help fossil fuel companies operate and expand outside domestic borders.  This follows the Read more
NFU calls for universal “Act of God” clause in forward contracts
The record drought in Western Canada made the 2020-21 crop year a disaster across the prairies. Yields on some crops are as low as one or two bushels per acre in the hardest hit areas. Some farms got enough rain to harvest a modest crop, but dry conditions are so widespread that many had significant Read more
A chorus of ‘precision agriculture’
The NFU agrees that the use of the new ag-technology, implied by “precision agriculture”, can improve many aspects of farming. However, our most important question always is whether or not the best interests of farmers are being served by innovations. Or is this another way to consolidate corporate control, making a possibly good thing into a deeper threat for independent farmers? Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: September – October 2021
In this issue: Precision, power and precaution: gene editing How – or whether – Canada regulates gene editing has far-reaching implications Proposed MRL increase for glyphosate leads to pause, planned consultations   Precision, power and precaution: gene editing By Cathy Holtslander, NFU Director of Research and Policy Technologies are not simply tool sets, but are Read more
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