In the Year of Family Farming – Food Sovereignty is the Framework for Family Farm Resilience
La Via Campesina North America For immediate releaseApril 9, 2014 - Family farmers Joan Brady (National Farmers Union of Canada), Ben Burkett (National Family Farm Coalition) and Maxime Laplante (Union paysanne) represented the voices of women, minority, and smaller scale farmers in the U.S. and Canada on April 7th and 8th at the North American Dialogue on Family Farming in Quebec City. All three organizations are members of the world’s largest small and medium-scale farmer and agricultural worker movement, La Via Campesina, which has members in over 70 countries, including seven in North America. Read more
Op Ed – Changes to agricultural legislation patently absurd
By Randall Affleck The Agricultural Growth Act, Bill C-18, is currently before Parliament. It is an omnibus bill amending nine separate pieces of agricultural legislation. The changes vastly increase corporate control of seed and will result in higher seed costs for farmers in the future. The Plant Breeders’ Rights Act (PBRA), adopted in 1990, confers to a breeder of a new plant variety, a form of intellectual property rights similar to a patent. The Plant Breeders’ Rights Office receives between 300 to 400 applications per year with about 100 coming from Canada. This office has no role in enforcement of a breeders’ right once granted. It is up to the rights holder to pursue infringements through the court system. The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) is an international Convention of which Canada is a member state and signatory. Read more
BC’s farmland too scarce to lose, says NFU
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanFebruary 4, 2014, </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanVictoria, BC)</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span—The National Farmers Union (NFU) calls on the BC government to maintain the independent, quasi-judicial mandate of the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) as administrator of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) so that scarce farmland will continue to be protected. A Provincial Auditor’s 2010 report underscored the “fundamental importance of preserving agricultural land … given the uncertain effects of climate change on our food imports and our agricultural systems.” Read more
NFU Comments on “Crop Variety Registration in Canada: Options for the Future”
The National Farmers Union submitted the following comments on the CFIA’s on-line survey regarding its discussion paper Crop Variety Registration in Canada: Issues and Options. PDF version of the NFU’s submission Read more
NFU Comments on Regulations Amending the Seeds Regulations
The National Farmers Union (NFU) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the proposal by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to amend the Seeds Regulations. Specifically, the CFIA seeks to allow variety registrants to cancel the registration of seed varieties on request, to move all forage crop kinds from Part I to Part III of Schedule III and to move soybeans from Part I to Part III of Schedule III.The NFU strongly opposes the proposal and urges the CFIA to retain the seed regulations that currently exist. Read more
Growing Forward 2 – Accelerating Globalization, Stalling Food Sovereignty
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanGrowing Forward 2 – Accelerating Globalization, Stalling Food Sovereignty: </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanImplications of the GF2 Strategic Initiatives Suite</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanBrief by the National Farmers Union, February, 2013 Read full brief (PDF) <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanSummary of brief:</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanGrowing Forward 2 (GF2) is Canada’s five-year federal-provinci Read more
Farmers, the Food Chain and Agriculture Policies in Canada in Relation to the Right to Food
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanSubmission of the National Farmers Union of Canada to the Special Rapporteur On The Right To Food, Mr. Olivier De Schutter, Mission </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanto Canada, May 2012*</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span* Note: to view report complete with graphs, please download the PDF version here.The National Farmers Union (NFU) is a voluntary direct-membership, non-partisan national farm organization. Founded in 1969, and with roots going back more than a century, the NFU represents thousands of farm families from coast to coast. The NFU works toward the development of economic and social policies that will maintain small and medium sized family farms as the primary food-producers in Canada. Read more
National Farmers Union Policy on Genetically Modified (GM) Foods
Download the PDF Version The believes that all Canadians—farmers and non-farmers alike—must engage in an informed debate on the genetic modification of food. Citizens must examine genetically modified (GM) food in the largest possible social, historical, environmental, economic, and ethical context. After that debate, citizens—not the corporations that promote these products—must decide whether to accept Read more