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