Submission to CFIA Consultation on a New Regulatory Framework for Federal Food Inspection
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Neonicotinoid Licensing System Encouraging, says NFU-O
(<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanJULY 9, 2014, </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanDENFIELD, ON) – The National Farmers Union in Ontario welcomes Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Hon. Jeff Leal’s recent announcement that Ontario intends to bring in measures to move away from the widespread, prophylactic use of neonicotinoid-based pesticidesin agriculture. The introduction of a licensing system by the spring 2015 season for the use ofseed treated with neonicotinoids will be a first step. A process requiring farmers and other commercial growers to apply for permits if they want to use neonicotinoid-treated seed should lead to decreased use of the insecticide on Ontario’s farmland. “We are pleased to see such quick action on a key election promise,” said Karen Eatwell, NFU Region 3 Coordinator/NFU-O President. Read more
NFU Response to CTA Questions on Western grain transportation
Download PDF version <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanResponse to Canadian Transportation Agency’s Fact Finding Questions for Stakeholders </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanfor advice to the Minister of Transport on the movement of Western grain by rail.</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanJune 20, 2014</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanThe Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has been tasked with providing preliminary, timely, confidential advice to the Minister of Transport on the question of the movement of Western grain by rail. To that end, the Agency is gathering specific information and taking into account a number of factors, including: Read more
Coming into force of New Seed Act Regulations amplifies threat of Bill C-18, says NFU
Saskatoon—Regulations Amending the Seeds Regulations came into force Wednesday, June 4, following publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II. The new seed variety registration regulations eliminate the requirement for independent third-party testing for performance or agronomic quality of soybeans and forages (such as alfalfa). Companies can now register these varieties by filling out a form, submitting a seed sample and paying the $875 registration fee. Read more
The Importance of Bees and Bee Health
Download PDF Version National Farmers UnionSubmission toStanding Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestryon The Importance of Bees and Bee HealthMay 1, 2014The National Farmers Union (NFU) is a non-partisan, nation-wide democratic organization made up of thousands of farm families across Canada who produce a wide variety of commodities, including grains and oilseeds, livestock, honey, fruits and vegetables. The NFU was founded in 1969. Our mandate is to work for policies designed to: Read more
Line 9 Reversal Approval Serves Enbridge’s Interests, not the Public’s, says NFU Ontario
<span<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span </span<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(March 14, 2014 - Gananoque, ON) – When the National Energy Board approved Enbridge’s Line 9 project, which will reverse the flow and increase the pressure in the pipeline, it set conditions that protect the company’s financial interests while off-loading risks and costs onto the public, according to Rick Munroe of the National Farmers Union - Ontario (NFU-O). Read more
Science-based Decisions – In Whose Interest?
Governments and farm organizations tell us over and over again that decisions made on our farms and by government regulatory agencies must be 'science-based'. Entwined with this adherence to 'science-based' decision making is a demand that we accept that science is absolute and unbiased – that it is never-changing and is never influenced by the interests of funders of the research. Read more
NFU calls for precaution and independent research in neonicotinoid review
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(December 17, 2013, St. Marys, ON) - </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanThe National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling for aprecautionary five-year moratorium on the use of the neonicotinoid seed treatments for field crops and for independent research to be done. Such a moratorium would provide time to study the impacts of neonicotinoid insecticides on pollinators and the broader agricultural and natural ecosystems and to fully explore alternatives, including non-chemical alternatives. Read more
NFU Submission – Action to Protect Bees from Exposure to Neonicotinoid Pesticides
The National Farmers Union has submitted the following comments to Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) consultation on Action to Protect Bees from Exposure to Neonicotinoid Pesticides. PDF Version of NFU's submission December 10, 2013<div Read more
NFU Comments on “Crop Variety Registration in Canada: Options for the Future”
The National Farmers Union submitted the following comments on the CFIA’s on-line survey regarding its discussion paper Crop Variety Registration in Canada: Issues and Options. PDF version of the NFU’s submission Read more