Corporate Control of Agriculture is focus of Bill C-18, says NFU
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanMay 27, 2014 - </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanSecond reading of Bill C-18, the <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanAgricultural Growth Act,</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span resumed yesterday in the House of Commons. “While Conservative MPs speaking in favour of the Bill claim it is about modernization and making the legislative environment more nimble, its effect is to empower corporations at the expense of all Canadians, especially farmers,” said Terry Boehm, Chair of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Seed and Trade Committee. Bill C-18 changes nine agricultural Acts. Read more
Line 9 Reversal Approval Serves Enbridge’s Interests, not the Public’s, says NFU Ontario
<span<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span </span<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(March 14, 2014 - Gananoque, ON) – When the National Energy Board approved Enbridge’s Line 9 project, which will reverse the flow and increase the pressure in the pipeline, it set conditions that protect the company’s financial interests while off-loading risks and costs onto the public, according to Rick Munroe of the National Farmers Union - Ontario (NFU-O). Read more
Science-based Decisions – In Whose Interest?
Governments and farm organizations tell us over and over again that decisions made on our farms and by government regulatory agencies must be 'science-based'. Entwined with this adherence to 'science-based' decision making is a demand that we accept that science is absolute and unbiased – that it is never-changing and is never influenced by the interests of funders of the research. Read more
Submission to ERCB on Fracking Regulation
The National Farmers Union has submitted feedback to the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) Consultation on its Proposed Regulatory Approach for Unconventional Oil and Gas Development. 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 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