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
Rail Service on Vancouver Island is Essential for Economic Development, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Sovereignty
The Nanaimo and Capital Regional Districts and several First Nation funders are unhappy with the lack of progress made by the Island Corridor Foundation to re-instate rail service between Victoria and Courtenay with a branch line to Port Alberni. Read more
System Change Grounded in Food Sovereignty at the 2015 Climate Talks in Paris
I participated in La Vía Campesina’s international delegation to the United Nations climate meeting (COP21) in Paris, France, from December 5 to 12,  2015.  It was evident that social movement activism is helping us move swiftly and peacefully away from fossil capitalism, with its climate crises, and toward a new social order that prioritizes food and energy sovereignty. Read more
Trade deals and Food Sovereignty don’t mix, says NFU
On October 16, 1945, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was founded in Quebec City. World Food Day commemorates the occasion by celebrating the FAO’s mission to promote international cooperation to combat hunger, rural poverty, disempowerment and public apathy regarding these issues. “World Food Day serves as a reminder of our international commitment Read more
UNF Présentation au Comité sénatorial sur les priorités d’accès au marché international
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanPrésentation de l’Union nationale des fermiers au Comité sénatorial de l’agriculture et des forêts </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanÉtude sur les priorités d’accès au marché international concernant le secteur agricole et agroalimentaire canadien</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanPrésentation du 2 juin 2015</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanversion PDF Lire la transcription officielle de la réunion du Comité du Sénat avec témoin de Terry Boehm L’Union nationale des fermiers (UNF) est une organisation nationale bénévole, non partisane et avec adhésion directe, Read more
NFU brief to Senate study on international market access priorities
The NFU believes that international relations must be based on mutual respect for the whole of each society, that trade can be conducted fairly without destroying the cultural and economic institutions people have built, and that democracy means that people have a real say in the economic choices that affect their lives. We urge that the federal government develop a national food and agriculture policy that reflects these values instead of pursuing the ever-tightening noose of corporate control embodied in the FTAs. Read more
G7 food initiative driving hunger in African countries, say global civil society groups
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanDéclaration</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanen francais</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span Politicians and executives from some of the world’s biggest agribusiness companies met in Cape Town, South Africa for the leadership council of the controversial New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition on June 3, 2015. Read more
International Day of Peasant Struggle commemorated with statement against UPOV ’91
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(April 17, 2015)-</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span The National Farmers Union (NFU) and the Union Paysanne (UP) are marking April 17, 2015, the International Day of Peasant Struggle[*] by joining with other Canadian organizations in denouncing the recent passing 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, and calling on the Government of Canada to reverse recent changes to the <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanPlant Breeders Rights Act</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span that put Canada under the UPOV ’91 regime. Read more
L’UNF-NB applaudit la Loi sur la sécurité alimentaire
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(le 12 février, 2015)-</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span Après avoir demandé au gouvernement pendant plusieurs années de mettre en oeuvre une politique sur l'approvisionnement alimentaire local afin d'appuyer la production agricole au Nouveau-Brunswick, l'Union nationale des fermiers au NB, est très heureuse que le député David Coon a soumis le Projet de loi sur la sécurité alimentaire locale à l'Assemblée législative, le mercredi 11 février. Ce projet de loi prévoit un cadre réglementaire solide qui soutiendrait l'économie de la production alimentaire locale au Nouveau-Brunswick, y compris une évaluation de base visant à bien comprendre combien de nourriture est produite présentement dans notre province et quelle proportion de cette nourriture est consommée par les Néo-Brunswickois. Read more
NFU urges Ag Committee to recommend rejection of CETA
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(December 9, 2014, Saskatoon)</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span – The National Farmers Union (NFU) was pleased to provide comments on the agricultural impacts of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) to the House of Commons Agriculture and Agri-Food Committee. The NFU was invited to appear as a witness at the Committee’s recent meeting studying the CETA agreement. The meeting was curtailed due to a vote in the House, so the NFU has submitted a written brief. The CETA negotiations have been completed, but so far, the agreement has not been ratified or adopted. Read more