Supporters Welcome Prison Farm Feasibility Study
Prison farm supporters welcomed the announcement last week that the federal government will conduct a feasibility study on restoring the Kingston prison farms. Read more
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
Est-ce que le gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick va tenir sa promesse d’établir une stratégie sur l’alimentation locale?
( lundi, le 27 avril, 2015) - L'Union nationale des fermiers au Nouveau-Brunswick demande au gouvernement Gallant de respecter sa promesse électorale de « Mettre en oeuvre une stratégie sur les aliments et les breuvages locaux afin d'aider les producteurs et les éleveurs locaux à développer leurs produits et les amener au marché[…] » en adoptant le projet de loi 11, Loi sur la sécurité alimentaire locale, lors de sa deuxième lecture ce jeudi, le 30 avril. Pour les fermiers, une législation qui protège et fait la promotion de l'industrie est essentielle pour la croissance de celle-ci. Au Nouveau-Brunswick, l'emploi en milieu rural est essentiel à la survie de notre province. Read more
Will the NB Government uphold campaign promise for local food strategy?
The NFU in New Brunswick is calling on the Gallant government to uphold their campaign promise for “Developing a local food and beverages strategy to assist local growers and producers in developing their products and getting them to market […]", by passing Bill 11, Local Food Security Act at second reading on Thursday, April 30. Read more
NFU Testifies on Bill C-18 before Senate Agriculture and Forestry Committee
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(Saskatoon, February 9, 2015) - </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanOn Tuesday, February 3, 2015, Terry Boehm, Chair of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Seed and Trade Committee appeared as a witness before the Senate's Agriculture and Forestry Committee as part of its study 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. “Our presentation argued that Bill C-18’s changes to Canada’s plant breeders’ rights legislation, making it conform with UPOV ’91, are completely unbalanced," said Terry Boehm. Read more
Manitoba’s Small Scale Food Report Provides Food for Thought
Many farmers are willing to sell a side of beef, a few dozen eggs or a bag of potatoes to their acquaintances. Farmers have been direct marketing since agriculture began and it is only in the last 50 years that direct farm to consumer sales have been questioned. Read more
Submission to CFIA Consultation on a New Regulatory Framework for Federal Food Inspection
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Vote with your food dollar, NFU Women’s Vice-President urges
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(June 10, 2014 - Saskatoon, SK) – </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanEaters (consumers) have the power to help farmers cover production costs and earn a decent income. Each person can “vote” with their food dollar by purchasing from local producers at farmers’ markets, through community-supported agriculture or farmer direct sales. This was the message from Marcella Pedersen of Cut Knife, SK, Women’s Vice-President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) who met recently with Ontario NFU members in London, Orangeville, Kingston, Renfrew and Ottawa. Pedersen stated, “People understand the concepts of food safety and food security, but few understand the principles of food sovereignty. Food sovereignty is based on local decision-making – farmers deciding what they want to grow and consumers deciding what they want to eat and who they want to buy it from. Read more