Union Farmer Newsletter: September 2017
GM alfalfa coexistence and contradictions: Minister lets September • 2017 corporations take the driver’s seat • Is Ecuador leading the way towards a new era of international fair trade agreements? • Onward to Parliament Hill! • What difference does 5 years make? Read more
NFU endorses Tri-National Declaration on NAFTA renegotiation
The National Farmers Union participated in the Encounter of Social Organizations of Canada, the United States and Mexico, which was held in May 2017, and endorses the following statement: Read more
Union Farmer Quarterly: Spring 2017
Challenges in a Post-Truth Era • North American Region Meeting of La Via Campesina—February 8th to 11, 2017, Birmingham, Alabama • Opposing Paradigms— the need to land squarely on the ecological side • Rethinking Our Relationship to the Land • New Board member profiles: Rachelle Ternier, Seann Dory, Cam Goff • The Beingessner Award for Excellence in Writing - 2016 Winning Entries • Climate Justice and Food Sovereignty Training in Morocco • We Remember Joyce Hutchings Read more
NFU calls on Canada to support study of Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition
The following is the text of the letter sent on April 26, 2017. Dear Minister MacAulay and Members of the Permanent Mission of Canada to the FAO Agencies: We are writing to you on behalf of the of Canada with regard to a very important issue that is currently being discussed at the United Nations Read more
Urgent Action Alert: Comments on proposed food safety regulations
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has proposed a major change to food safety regulations. If these regulations are adopted they will increase farmers’ costs, increase the cost of food, make it much harder for small fresh fruit and vegetable farmers to survive and would severely damage, if not destroy, the organic sector. Please read Read more
Safe Food for Canadians regulations
The NFU has provided three submissions to the consultation on the proposed Safe Food for Canadians regulations. The NFU Direct Marketing Committee letter focusses on the implications for farms that do direct marketing in communities that straddle provincial boundaries. The NFU in New Brunswick submission focusses on implication for New Brunswick farmers. The NFU submission prepared by the national office focussed on implications for fresh fruit and vegetable growers and for the organic sector. (Click on the highlighted links to read the full submissions) Government report on consultation process: What We Heard Report – The Proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations Consultation 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
Open letter to the People of Wallonia and their Representatives in the Walloon Parliament
As farmers organized in the National Farmers Union in Canada, we are encouraged to see that your elected assembly has taken a strong stance against the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA). Read more
NFU sends Ag Ministers input for next agriculture policy framework
In advance of the annual conference of Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Agriculture Ministers to be held in Calgary, July 20-22, 2016, the National Farmers Union (NFU) sent a letter to each of the ministers with input regarding the next agriculture policy framework. Read more
Bottling Canada’s Food Policies – What the debate over ketchup says about the future of farming
The recent social media splash made over French’s ketchup highlights what the National Farmers Union (NFU) has been talking about for years – food sovereignty matters. Read more