A Food Policy for Canada
The NFU brief presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food promotes the idea that a food policy for Canada could usher in a holistic view of food and agriculture that would transform Canada’s farming, food processing and distribution system into one that makes food sovereignty a reality if the government decides to start building a food system that benefits Canadian farmers and consumers instead of accelerating down its current path which has only concentrated the power and wealth of multinational corporations and diminished the democratic space for elected governments. Read more
UNF mémoire sur la Politique alimentaire pour le Canada
Le mémoire de l'UNF présenté au Comité permanent de l'agriculture et de l'agroalimentaire de la Chambre des communes favorise l'idée qu'une politique alimentaire pour le Canada pourrait donner naissance à une vision holistique de l'alimentation et de l'agriculture qui transformerait l'agriculture, le traitement des aliments et le système de distribution du Canada en un seul rend la souveraineté alimentaire une réalité si le gouvernement décide de commencer à construire un système alimentaire qui profite aux agriculteurs et aux consommateurs canadiens au lieu d'accélérer son chemin actuel qui a seulement concentré le pouvoir et la richesse des sociétés multinationales et réduit l'espace démocratique pour les gouvernements élus. Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: September 2017
GM alfalfa coexistence and contradictions: Minister lets September • 2017 corporations take the driver’s seat • Is Ecuador leading the way towards a new era of international fair trade agreements? • Onward to Parliament Hill! • What difference does 5 years make? Read more
NFU Brief on Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act
The NFU brief focuses on the need for Bill C-49 to be amended to remove its changes to the Common Carrier obligation in the Canada Transportation Act; retain the definition of government hopper cars in the Canada Transportation Act; add the obligation for a full costing review under the Maximum Revenue Entitlement in the Canada Transportation Act; retain the 15% maximum for any individual’s share ownership of CN Rail under the CN Commercialization Act; amend the Canada Transportation Act to reinstate the ability of a group of farmers to petition to have new producer car loading sites established; and amend Section 5 of the Canada Transportation Act to update Canada’s national transportation policy. It also notes that the reciprocal penalties provisions Bill C-49 introduces are unlikely to benefit farmers. We also call for the establishment of an independent Producer Car Reciever, which would provide a check on the power of the grain companies and the railways Read more
Mémoire présenté au le projet de loi C-49
Loi apportant des modifications à la Loi sur les transports au Canada
Le mémoire du UNF met l'accent sur la nécessité de modifier le projet de loi C-49 afin de supprimer ses modifications à l'obligation du transporteur public dans la Loi sur les transports au Canada; conserver la définition des wagons-trémies du gouvernement dans la Loi sur les transports au Canada; ajouter l'obligation de procéder à un examen complet des coûts en vertu du droit aux revenus maximaux prévu dans la Loi sur les transports au Canada; retenir le maximum de 15% pour l'actionnariat de CN Rail en vertu de la Loi sur la commercialisation du CN; modifier la Loi sur les transports au Canada afin de rétablir la capacité d'un groupe d'agriculteurs de demander l'établissement de nouveaux sites de chargement de wagons de producteurs; et modifier l'article 5 de la Loi sur les transports au Canada pour mettre à jour la politique nationale du transport du Canada. Il note également que les dispositions sur les sanctions réciproques prévues dans le projet de loi C-49 ne profiteront probablement pas aux agriculteurs. Nous demandons également la création d'un receveur des wagons du producteur indépendant, qui permettrait de vérifier le pouvoir des compagnies céréalières et des chemins de fer. Read more
Safe Food for Canadians regulations
The NFU has provided three submissions to the consultation on the proposed Safe Food for Canadians regulations. The NFU Direct Marketing Committee letter focusses on the implications for farms that do direct marketing in communities that straddle provincial boundaries. The NFU in New Brunswick submission focusses on implication for New Brunswick farmers. The NFU submission prepared by the national office focussed on implications for fresh fruit and vegetable growers and for the organic sector. (Click on the highlighted links to read the full submissions) Government report on consultation process: What We Heard Report – The Proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations Consultation Read more
NFU submission to the Senate Ag Committee Climate Change study
Potential Impact of the effects of Climate Change on the Agriculture, Agri-Food and Forestry Sectors
The Senate Committee invited the NFU to present our views on the potential impacts of climate change on agriculture and farmers. The following is an excerpt from the brief presented on April 11, 2017: The Senate Committee invited the NFU to present our views on the potential impacts of climate change on agriculture and farmers. The following is an excerpt from the brief presented on April 11, 2017: Mitigation measures -- ways to reduce emissions and ways to remove carbon from the atmosphere -- should also promote adaptation and resilience. Redundancy and diversity are the keys to resilience. If farmers produce a range of products and incorporate natural buffers into the farm landscape they will be better able to survive unpredictable climatic conditions, extreme weather events and erratic market conditions. Farmers manage millions of acres of land in Canada, and with the right support, can make a huge contribution by building soil organic carbon. Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: January 2017
NFU on Parliament Hill • Next Agricultural Policy Framework • Study on the acquisition of farmland in Canada and its potential impact on the farming sector Read more
NFU-NB Submission to Ag Committee on the Next Agriculture Policy Framework
Young people going to universities are more likely to become an “agricultural professional”, rather than a farmer. Even as these bright minds graduate from agricultural programs, farming is still not seen as a viable career option. Yet, never before have we relied on so few people to feed the Canadian population (1.6%) and never before have we been in a situation where 75% of farmers say they will sell their land and assets in the next 10 years. As a society, we are setting ourselves up for failure. Read more
NFU Submission to Ag Committee on the Next Agriculture Policy Framework
The NFU believes that the Government has a major role to play in promoting confidence in our food system by providing proper regulation, transparency and testing. But given the history of groups that have been advocating for their particular version of “social license”, and the continuous change in what society understands to be “best practices”, there is an extreme risk that the Calgary Statement regarding public trust could lead to the Government funding messages that are not always true and frequently exaggerated. Worse yet, it could lead to the Government itself issuing false claims. Read more