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
NFU presentation to Canadian Grain Commission on maximum shrinkage deductions at licensed process and transfer elevators
welcomes this opportunity to present its views on the issue of shrinkage deductions on grain. The represents thousands of grain farmers in the prairie region who have a direct interest in the regulatory framework under which the Canadian Grain Commission operates. The has put forward the views of its members on numerous occasions over the Read more
NFU Presentation on standards of fusarium blight toxin levels in wheat
As far back as 2003, the has been calling for action on the issue of increasing incidence of fusarium—see attached letter. We are pleased that the Standing Committee on Agriculture is now conducting hearings concerning fusarium, but we do wish that more attention had been paid to the issue when we were raising it 6 Read more
NFU letter regarding National Farmed Animal Health Strategy
The Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC) states in its 2007-2008 annual report that: “75% of emerging human diseases are zoonotic in origin” and acknowledges that the implications of “animal health” cannot be confined strictly to animal agriculture. Read more
Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women: The effects and consequences of the current Employment Insurance (EI) programs on women in Canada
() welcomes this opportunity to present our views and recommendations regarding the Employment Insurance Program‟s effects and consequences on women to the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women. Read more
Submission by the National Farmers Union to the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) on the potential liability of farmers due to changes to the Canada Grain Act and the Canadian Grain Commission
In December, 2007, Bill C-39, An Act to Amend the Canada Grain Act, was introduced into the House of Commons. That piece of legislation died on the order paper in the fall of 2008 due to a federal election. However, similar legislation is expected to be put forward by the federal government in the near Read more
Submission to the Canadian Grain Commission Consultation on Inspection and Weighing Requirements for Grain Exported to the United States
The members of the strongly advocate retention and strengthening of CGC official weighing and inspection of all grains destined for export, whether that grain is exported to the United States or any other destination, and regardless of whether the grain is shipped from primary elevators on the prairies, transfer elevators, or terminal elevators at tidewater. 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
GM Crops: Not Needed on the Island
Over the past decade, corporate and government managers have spent millions trying to convince farmers and other citizens of the benefits of genetically-modified (GM) crops. But this huge public relations effort has failed to obscure the truth: GM crops do not deliver the promised benefits; they create numerous problems, costs, and risks; and Canadian consumers and foreign customers alike do not want these crops. Read more
National Farmers Union Policy on Genetically Modified (GM) Foods
Download the PDF Version The believes that all Canadians—farmers and non-farmers alike—must engage in an informed debate on the genetic modification of food. Citizens must examine genetically modified (GM) food in the largest possible social, historical, environmental, economic, and ethical context. After that debate, citizens—not the corporations that promote these products—must decide whether to accept Read more
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