NFU releases major report on land ownership and farm debt – “Losing Our Grip – 2015 Update”
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(March 10, 2015, Saskatoon) </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span– The National Farmers Union (NFU) has released a major new report, <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanLosing Our Grip - 2015 Update</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span, which revisits and expands upon the information and analysis of corporate farmland buy-up, farm debt and input financing published by the NFU in 2010. The update was undertaken to provide a well-documented assessment of increasing corporate control of farmland and the acceleration of farm debt, now approaching $80 billion. This report will allow farmers, the general public and policy-makers to critically examine the ownership concentration process and the financial mechanisms that facilitate them. The report concludes with a series of policy recommendations to reclaim farmer autonomy and food sovereignty. 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
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
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
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
Bill 24, The Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act, 2014
Download PDF version April 30, 2014Hon. Christy Clark, PremierPO Box 9041Stn Prov GovtVictoria, BC V8W 9E1 (Email: premier@gov.bc.ca) Dear Premier Clark: Re: BILL 24, the AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSION AMENDMENT ACT, 2014 The National Farmers Union (NFU) is deeply concerned about the changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act that your government is proposing through BILL 24, the AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSION AMENDMENT ACT, 2014. Read more
Bill 24, The Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act, 2014
Download PDF version April 30, 2014Hon. Christy Clark, PremierPO Box 9041Stn Prov GovtVictoria, BC V8W 9E1 (Email: premier@gov.bc.ca) Dear Premier Clark: Re: BILL 24, the AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSION AMENDMENT ACT, 2014 The National Farmers Union (NFU) is deeply concerned about the changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act that your government is proposing through BILL 24, the AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSION AMENDMENT ACT, 2014. Read more
NFU Asks Premier Clark to Reconsider Bill 24
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanNFU Asks Premier Clark to Reconsider Bill 24</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span (<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanApril 30, 2014, </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanVictoria) Today the National Farmers Union (NFU) sent BC Premier Christy Clark a six-page letter detailing the organization’s concerns regarding Bill 24, the <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanAgricultural Land Commission Amendment Act</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span. The Bill, currently before the BC Legislature, would re-structure the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) decision-making processes and create a 2-tiered system that would result in most of BC’s farmland becoming more vulnerable to development pressure. “BC farmland has been protected by legislation, and as a result, BC has been much more successful that Canada as a whole in keeping both farms and farmers,” said Alberta dairy farmer and NFU President, Jan Slomp. Read more
In the Year of Family Farming – Food Sovereignty is the Framework for Family Farm Resilience
La Via Campesina North America For immediate releaseApril 9, 2014 - Family farmers Joan Brady (National Farmers Union of Canada), Ben Burkett (National Family Farm Coalition) and Maxime Laplante (Union paysanne) represented the voices of women, minority, and smaller scale farmers in the U.S. and Canada on April 7th and 8th at the North American Dialogue on Family Farming in Quebec City. All three organizations are members of the world’s largest small and medium-scale farmer and agricultural worker movement, La Via Campesina, which has members in over 70 countries, including seven in North America. Read more
Ontario NFU Submission to OMAFRA on Proposed Local Food Act
In solidarity with family farmers and peasants across the world, the NFU advocates for a food system built on the priniciples of food sovereignty. Food sovereignty recognizes the central place food has in our lives and the importance of people in their own communities having democratic control over decisions of where food comes from and how it is produced. Read more
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