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
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
No to CETA, TTIP says La Via Campesina
On both side of the Atlantic, peasants, farmers, farm and rural workers refuse free trade policies. We maintain that CETA, the TTIP, TPP and related agreements are unnecessary for trade between countries, and that these agreements will limit the ability of elected governments to make laws, regulations, policies and programs in the interest of the public, farmers 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
NFU reflects role of family farmers on World Food Day
(October 16, 2014, Dashwood, ON): On World Food Day – October 16, the National Farmers Union is reflecting on hunger and the critical need to eradicate it. Farmers understand the relationship between food and hunger uniquely and very well as the primary producers of food products. What the world often forgets, however, is that farmers can and do go hungry everywhere, even in North America. NFU Women’s President Joan Brady sees the links between World Food Day and her participation in events related to the United Nations’ “International Year of the Family Farm”. She said, “As I reflect on this year’s World Food Day theme, “Family Farming Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth,” I can’t help but think about the brokenness of a food system in which farm families go hungry.” 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
Back to Top