La Via Campesina response to USMCA
The original North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA, or TLCAN) devastated rural communities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. From displacing peasants in Mexico and forcing millions of them to migrate north, to the forced removal of trade protections for family farmers in Canada and the United States, the 1990s experiment with free trade Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: January – February 2019
Farm Saved Seed Royalties: What you need to know – The corporate seed industry is lobbying the federal government to bring in new regulations under Canada’s Plant Breeders Rights Act to set up a system that would force farmers who plant newer varieties to pay a royalty every year even when planting farm saved seed. This Read more
Op-Ed: Oil, dairy supply management paradox points to need for a new policy direction
On December 2, the Alberta government announced it will impose production discipline on the province’s oil companies to bring the price of bitumen-based oil above its cost of production. This came in response to it being discounted by over $50 per barrel compared to higher-grade West Texas Intermediate oil. Falling prices would soon cause oil Read more
Family Farm Organizations From U.S., Canada Oppose Signing Of New NAFTA
The reworked agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico neglects the demands of farm groups
MINNEAPOLIS—The original North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been devastating for family farmers in the United States, Canada and Mexico. It has promoted global agribusiness interests at the cost of family farmers and contributed to the economic and social erosion of rural communities. Rather than answer the demands of family farm groups across North Read more
Letter to Prime Minister urging Canada not to sign new NAFTA agreement in its present form
November 29, 2018 The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau P.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Canada House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Dear Prime Minister, Re: NFU urges Canada to not sign new NAFTA agreement on November 30, 2018 The National Farmers Union (NFU) urges Canada not to sign the new NAFTA agreement in Buenos Aires Read more
NFU urges Canada not to sign new NAFTA in its present form
(Saskatoon) – Today the National Farmers Union (NFU) sent a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Freeland urging them not to sign the new NAFTA agreement in its present form. “It has recently come to light that the published text – which is available only on the US Trade Representatives website and Read more
Canadian dairy farmers hit yet again with new trade agreement, says NFU
The Canadian government again secured a trade deal by sacrificing another vital part of domestic supply management. NAFTA will be replaced with a new trade agreement, now called USMCA, the US Mexico Canada Agreement. Read more
Canada’s Grain Grading System is Not Discriminatory
Contrary to a recent Financial Post opinion piece, Canada's grain grading and variety registration systems are never used to prevent American grain from being imported and sold into Canada. Our system just does not allow American grain to pretend to be Canadian— and there are good reasons for that. Read more
No to any NAFTA concessions on grain grading, says NFU
Saskatoon—A United States government fact sheet summarizing the agriculture-related aspects of its recent bilateral deal with Mexico suggests Canada’s unparalleled grain grading and quality assurance system is now on the NAFTA negotiating table. Read more
NAFTA renegotiation provides opening for renewed US attack on Canadian wheat grading framework
The stated desire to expand the volume of US wheat exports into Canada is not a believable reason for demands to gain access to our grading system. However, it would benefit the multinational grain companies that support the US wheat lobby to dismantle our CGC grading system and instead have all wheat sold on specifications instead of by class and grade. Read more