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
UN Human Rights Council passes a resolution adopting the peasant rights declaration in Geneva
Seventeen years of long and arduous negotiations later, peasants and other people working in rural areas are only a step away from having a UN Declaration that could defend and protect their rights to land, seeds, biodiversity, local markets and a lot more. Read more
Union Farmer Quarterly: Summer 2018
Messages from the Editorial Advisory Committee, NFU President Coral Sproule, NFU Women's President Katie Ward, NFU Youth President Stuart Oke and Regional Reports. Read more
NA groups call for immediate suspension of the accelerated NAFTA talks
The political and economic climate under which Canada, Mexico and the United States began the NAFTA renegotiations in 2017 has deteriorated drastically in 2018. Organizations from all three countries call on their governments to immediately suspend the NAFTA talks until a proper climate for trade negotiations can be reestablished. Read more
Union Farmer Quarterly: Winter 2017-18
Contents: Message from the Editorial Advisory Committee Message from the President Message from the Women’s President Message from the Youth Outsiders, Influence Elites and Corrosion of Democracy – Convention Keynote Presentation by Janine WedelCelebrating Marcella Pedersen – Global Citizen! Renewing Our Relationship to the Land – Convention panel with Danielle Boissoneau, Sally Miller and Christopher Read more
NFU Remembers Shiv Chopra
The National Farmers Union (NFU) offers condolences to the family of Shiv Chopra, who passed away on January 7, 2018. Many will remember him as the Health Canada whistleblower who was fired from his job for speaking out against the use of growth hormones to increase milk production in dairy cattle. 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
La Via Campesina – new publication calls for massive change in agro-food systems
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanHarare—</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanToday, on the International Day of Action for Peoples' Food Sovereignty and against Transnational corporations, La Via Campesina officially launches its new publication "Struggles of La Via Campesina for Agrarian Reform and the Defense of Life, Land and Territories" that argues for a massive change in the current agro-food system, if we have to overcome the food, climate, poverty, financial, economic and democratic crises facing the planet and its people. Read more
A Food Policy for Canada
The NFU brief presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food promotes the idea that a food policy for Canada could usher in a holistic view of food and agriculture that would transform Canada’s farming, food processing and distribution system into one that makes food sovereignty a reality if the government decides to start building a food system that benefits Canadian farmers and consumers instead of accelerating down its current path which has only concentrated the power and wealth of multinational corporations and diminished the democratic space for elected governments. Read more
NFU asks Ag Committee to make food sovereignty the foundation of National Food Policy
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanOttawa</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span—The federal government has mandated the Minister of Agriculture to “develop a food policy that promotes healthy living and safe food by putting more healthy, high-quality food, produced by Canadian ranchers and farmers, on the tables of families across the country.” On Thursday, October 5, National Farmers Union (NFU) Youth President, Ayla Fenton, will speak to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food, asking them to make food sovereignty the foundation of Canada’s national food policy. Read more