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
“Polluter Pay” principle at stake as Supreme Court hears Redwater Appeal
Red Deer, AB— On February 15, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case, Orphan Well Association, et al. v. Grant Thornton Limited, et al., also known as the Redwater Appeal. Read more
Renegades Rewarded at Public Expense in Site C Dam Decision
Premier John Horgan's reasoning for continuing the construction of Site C is flawed. The new government’s decision to proceed sets a precedent for ignoring process. Read more
NFU urges BC Government to deny approval of Site C Dam construction
Parksville, BC—The approval process for Site C Dam is in its final stages in the context of the ambiguous conclusions of the British Columbia Utility Commission’s (BCUC) Site C Final Report and support expressed by construction and hydro labour unions for continuing the project. "If approval is granted for construction of the Site C dam, it has the potential to be a disaster for BC," said National Farmers Union (NFU) Vice President (Policy), Jan Slomp of Courtenay, BC. Read more
Foreign investors gobbling farmland
The National Farmers Union (NFU) is alarmed by the rate at which P.E.I. farmland is being transferred to large corporate interests. Islanders, especially those in rural communities, know that all around them, land is being transferred generally in non-transparent transactions. Read more
Call to Pension Funds – Stop Landgrabbing in Brazil
We have learned that the CDPQ and bcIMC, through their investments in a global farmland fund called TIAA-CREF Global Agriculture LLC (TCGA), is investing in farmland projects that are linked to the forcible displacement of people and which are causing environmental and social destruction in Brazil. Read more
Fonds de pension et accaparement des terres au Brésil
Des enquêtes réalisées dans certaines des fermes acquises par le TCGA dans les états brésiliens de Maranhão et de Piauí démontrent que ces terres ont été acquises auprès d’un homme d’affaire brésilien qui a utilisé la violence et la fraude pour expulser des paysans et des autochtones et ainsi s’accaparer de grandes surfaces agricoles. Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: January 2017
NFU on Parliament Hill • Next Agricultural Policy Framework • Study on the acquisition of farmland in Canada and its potential impact on the farming sector Read more
Equity or Equitable? – MPAC Assessments Highlight Farmland Challenges
Recently, farm families across Ontario have received MPAC notices reflecting dramatic changes in values. In some cases, assessment estimates are doubled from 2012. Read more
NFU-O urges retention of Central Experimental Farm for agriculture
Ottawa, ON—National Farmers Union-Ontario members recently attended the public consultation hosted by the National Capital Commission and urged the NCC to protect farmland and increase public agricultural research when formulating their report on the best site for the new Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital. Read more