Press release

Livestock rearing by small farmers as a means to attain food sovereignty

Posted by on Jul 17, 2019 in Press release | 0 comments

Rogersville, June 23rd, 2019 – Response of the National Farmers Union, New Brunswick section, to the “Dairy is Scary” Campaign being promoted by the Vegan Education Group.  “A food system which oppresses and abuses farmers is, in fact, more apt to engender and multiply the abuse of livestock animals. The NFU reiterates that the images seen in the sensationalist video shared by the Vegan Education Group is but the symptom of a dysfunctional industrial food system and that these same images only represent a tiny fraction, if not practically none, of the reality of...

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Canadians have the right to know what they are eating, says National Farmers Union-NB (NFU-NB) about unlabelled GM salmon

Posted by on Jul 16, 2019 in Press release | 0 comments

(Rogersville, Monday April 8, 2019) – The Minister of Environment and Climate Change has recently approved the production of genetically modified (GM) Atlantic salmon. AquaBounty, based in Prince Edward Island, would become the first factory in Canada to produce GM salmon, the first GM food animal in the world. The Canadian government has invested in the research and development of GM products, including salmon, through agreements, public grants and loans. While GM salmon is already sold in Canada, produced at Aquabounty’s plant in Panama, there is no mandatory labelling of GM foods....

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Ensuring Farmers Rights: At Home and Abroad, NFU-NB 2019 AGM

Posted by on Apr 4, 2019 in Press release | 0 comments

Glassville, Thursday, April 4rd, 2019 – The rights of farmers are continually threatened worldwide. In part due to the tireless work of la Via Campesina and member organizations, the United Nations has recently adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants; aimed at protecting the livelihoods and small-scale methods of food production internationally. At home, Canada not only abstained from voting at the UN, our seed production is under attack as the government hands over our right to save and reuse our own seed to industry. New Brunswick farmers also struggle to survive and thrive...

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Commentary: Support for new farmers must include access to daycare services

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Issues, New entrants, News, Press release | 0 comments

November 8, 2016 Agriculture has existed for over 10,000 years, and ever since it began, women have played a vital role. Whether working in the kitchen, keeping house or educating children, the large majority of family farms wouldn’t have a shot without the work of the women.  More and more, women are not just participating in the domestic work, but are also running the farms themselves. The results of a recent survey showed that women make up the majority of new farmers in Canada.  No matter what role women are playing on farms in New Brunswick or elsewhere, the important thing is that...

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Commentary: Local food needs to be more than a logo for a t-shirt

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in News, Press release | 0 comments

On October 19th, I rearranged my day delivering CSA boxes in order to go to Bouctouche for the Liberal government’s announcement on the Local Food and Beverages Strategy. The whole thing didn’t last more than 15 minutes, and when it was over, I asked myself if maybe the first couple minutes I had missed had been particularly revelatory since nothing of great importance was said while I was there. After asking a few other people, I finally realized that the announcement did not clarify the content of the strategy, its objectives, the timeline, or anything else beyond the fact that Minister...

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NFU-NB urges government to quickly adopt and implement recommendations from Select Committee on Climate Change

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in News, Press release | 0 comments

Press release – Fredericton, October 31, 2016 On Monday, October 24, the Final Report of the Select Committee on Climate Change was released.  The all-party committee made strong recommendations to government including adopting the high targets suggested by the Conservation Council of NB of 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below 2001 levels by 2050, as well as recognizing the importance of current research in all sectors, especially agriculture, so that farmers have the knowledge and funding supports to be proactively adopting more resilient practices as soon as possible. NFU-NB...

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