Le président de l’UNF rencontre les dirigeants du secteur agricole de l’UE à Bruxelles; discussions sur la crise laitière et l’AECG
Le 19 septembre 2016, Jan Slomp, président de l'Union nationale des fermiers (UNF), a rencontré les dirigeants de la European Milk Board et les fonctionnaires de la Commission européenne à Bruxelles. Read more
NFU President meets with EU farm leaders in Brussels, talks dairy crisis and CETA
Courtenay, BC-On September 19, 2016, Jan Slomp, President of Canada’s () met with leaders of the European Milk Board and European Commission officials in Brussels. He was invited there to elaborate on his July 22, 2016 letter to European Union (EU) Dairy Commissioner Phil Hogan where he encouraged Europe to solve its ongoing dairy crisis Read more
Letter on EU dairy crisis sent to Ag Commissioner Hogan
On April 1, 2015, the European Union ended its dairy quota system. The new policy was based on the assumption that Europe would export milk to large markets such as Russia and China, as well as obtain increased access to Canada's fine cheese market via the CETA Agreement. These markets have not materialized due to political and economic factors. The NFU wrote to the EU's agriculture commission encouraging him to adopt a better solution: a Canadian-style supply management system. Read more
NFU endorses MoVE Campaign for Migrant Workers’ Rights
The National Farmers Union (NFU) has endorsed the Mobility, Voice and Equality for Migrant Workers (MoVE) Campaign organized by the Coalition for Migrant Workers Rights - Canada. Read more
NFU-Manitoba hosts European Farmers speaking tour February 22-24 in Winnipeg and Brandon
“Sowing Seeds: A European Perspective” features Claudia Schievelbein of Germany and Guy Kastler of France. Both European farmers are affiliated with La Via Campesina (LVC), the world-wide farmers’ movement for dignity and social justice, of which the is a member. They will share their experiences around issues such as farmers’ right to save seed, royalties, 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
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
NFU urges Canadian RAI negotiators to respect indigenous land rights
On August 7 the NFU sent the following message to the Canadian negotiators who are in Rome to negotiate the <span<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanUN Committee for World Food Security's </span<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanPrinciples for Responsible Investment Agriculture and Food Systems . <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanDear Canadian Negotiators</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanRE: Negotiation of the First Draft of the CFS Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanIt has come to the attention of the National Farmers Union that Canada is taking a position that would prevent the recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples to free, prior and informed consent in relation to decision-making regarding their lands when affected by potential agricultural in Read more
UN Discussion Attempts to Estimate the True Value of Family Farms
I recently represented the National Farmers Union (NFU) at the North American Dialogue on the United Nation’s “2014 Year of Family Farming” hosted by L’Union des Producteurs Agricoles (UPA). Read more
Solidarity letter from International Supporters
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(April 17, 2014) </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanWe stand with Canadian farmers in opposing measures that threaten farmers’ long-standing rights over seeds. Like family farmers around the world, Canadian farmers have a long tradition of selecting, saving and reusing their own seed as well as exchanging seeds with other farmers and buying from local seed growers. We believe that family farmers, not private institutions and corporations, can best conserve and enhance the genetic pool of plants, to feed people in an increasingly changing climate and environment while ensuring a resilient agriculture through cultivating seed diversity and adaptability. Read more