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
UNF mémoire sur la Politique alimentaire pour le Canada
Le mémoire de l'UNF présenté au Comité permanent de l'agriculture et de l'agroalimentaire de la Chambre des communes favorise l'idée qu'une politique alimentaire pour le Canada pourrait donner naissance à une vision holistique de l'alimentation et de l'agriculture qui transformerait l'agriculture, le traitement des aliments et le système de distribution du Canada en un seul rend la souveraineté alimentaire une réalité si le gouvernement décide de commencer à construire un système alimentaire qui profite aux agriculteurs et aux consommateurs canadiens au lieu d'accélérer son chemin actuel qui a seulement concentré le pouvoir et la richesse des sociétés multinationales et réduit l'espace démocratique pour les gouvernements élus. Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: October 2017
Our National Food Policy Includes Farmers! • What impact has Free Trade had on Canadian farmers? (tear-out fact sheet) • Private Corporation Tax Reform — Implications for Canada’s family farms • Bill C‐49 Will Amend Canada’s Transportation Laws Read more
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