Changes to agricultural legislation patently absurd
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. Read more
Submission Concerning the Threat of Lifting the Moratorium on Permits for High Capacity Wells
Presented to the Standing Committee on Agriculture, Environment, Energy and Forestry of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown PEI, March 6, 2014 Read more
A Corporate Agri-business Promotion Act – Bill C-18 Backgrounder
Bill C-18, the “<em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanAgricultural Growth Act</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span” omnibus bill, amending several federal agricultural laws, was introduced in Parliament on December 9, 2013. If passed, it will give multi-national agri-business much more money, power and control while increasing farmers’ costs and reducing farmers’ autonomy and Canadian sovereignty. The National Farmers Union identified the following key points based on its detailed analysis:<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanC-18 Increases Corporate Control of Seed and Increases Farmers’ Seed Costs:</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span Read more
Bill C-18, A Corporate Agribusiness Promotion Act
Bill C-18, the "Agricultural Growth Act" omnibus bill, amending several federal agricultural laws, was introduced in Parliament on December 9, 2013. If passed, it will give multi-national agri-business much more money, power and control while increasing farmers' costs and reducing farmers’ autonomy and Canadian sovereignty. The NFU has identified key points based on its detailed analysis. Read more
Amendments to the Canada Grain Act
The NFU welcomes the opportunity to comment on the amendments to the Canada Grain Act flowing from the elimination of inward inspection by the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC), the end of mandatory weigh overs at primary and terminal elevators, and the end of Grain Appeals Tribunal as well as other changes. 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
Proposed Comprehensive and High‐Level Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan
Family farmers are committed to a food system that provides safe and healthy food to people in this country and abroad. The NFU supports trade in agriculture, as long as it is fair trade – trade which supports the livelihoods of family farmers in Canada and those of our trading partners around the world, and which ensures each country has the capacity to feed itself and to democratically make decisions that support long-term economic, social and ecological sustainability in regard to their respective food systems. Read more
NFU Response to Proposed Amendments to the Canada Grain Act in regard to the Canadian Grain Commission
The NFU welcomes the opportunity to provide information to Mr. Olivier De Schutter, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, in support of his mission to Canada. Our report will focus on the NFU’s perspective on the organization of food chains and its impact on the right to food and on governance of policies and programmes that impact the right to food. Read more
Response to Proposed Amendments to the Canada Grain Act in regard to the Canadian Grain Commission
The National Farmers Union (NFU) welcomes the opportunity to respond to proposed changes to the Canada Grain Act that would affect the Canadian Grain Commission and ultimately grain producers. The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) celebrates its 100th Anniversary this year along with the Canada Grain Act. The CGC has been an extremely important institution for Canada’s grain producers throughout this time period. Its importance remains undiminished at this time and there is no reason to expect that would change in the future, except of course if changes are made which destroy the rationale for its existence. There is a very real danger of this if the changes considered are implemented. Read more