- Published on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 21:03
(Deleau, MB, February 1, 2016) - The National Farmer Union (NFU) is working with the Manitoba government to develop new ways for the province’s farmers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, and to reduce the impacts of climate change on our farms. The NFU, along with other organizations and sectors, is participating in a wide-ranging project to address climate change, initiated by the Manitoba Department of Conservation and Water Stewardship and funded by the provincial government through the Climate Change Action Fund.
“The research we are about to undertake will provide a solid foundation for policy recommendations to support farmers’ role in making agriculture more climate-friendly,” said Ian Robson, NFU Region 5 (Manitoba) Coordinator. “We are in an excellent position to look at the big picture of climate and agriculture and help make agriculture policy that addresses the farm, the community, rural and urban people so that the food system supports a vibrant standard of living that is environmentally sustainable.”
- Published on Wednesday, 27 January 2016 17:58
‘Corporate companies have turned our food and water into poison’
Referring to corporate control over the farm sector and the resultant agrarian crisis and farmer suicide, writer Devanur Mahadeva said that an invisible war was being waged against the working class. He was addressing a State-level farmers conference at the APMC Market Yard here on Sunday after inaugurating the event by burning Bt cotton plants destroyed by pink bollworm pest attack.
The event was organised jointly by the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS), the Jana Sangram Parishath (JSP), the Grameena Krishi Cooli Karmikara Sanghatane, the Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti, the Hyderabad Karnataka Raitha Sangha, the State Bt Cotton Eradication Committee and other organisations.
- Published on Wednesday, 27 January 2016 17:36
First published by NFU blog January 24, 2016
by Terran Giacomini, NFU Associate Member
I participated in La Vía Campesina’s international delegation to the United Nations climate meeting (COP21) in Paris, France, from December 5 to 12, 2015. It was evident that social movement activism is helping us move swiftly and peacefully away from fossil capitalism, with its climate crises, and toward a new social order that prioritizes food and energy sovereignty.
The activism in Paris emphasized three key themes:
(1) social movements are focused on system change and not on ‘green’ capitalist reform;
(2) the movements are converging and strengthening unity with one another and;
(3) women are widely recognized to be on the frontlines of the system-change struggle, especially indigenous women and women of colour.
- Published on Monday, 25 January 2016 19:41
(France, Bagnolet, January 21, 2016) With COP21 still in full swing, political and legal pressure increased on the peasants of Notre-Dame-des-Landes. Four individuals and 11 families who had rejected the expropriation of the farmland are now being sued by AGO-Vinci, the project contractor that cannot start work while these homes are inhabited. They have requested a penalty payment of 200 euros/day per file (there are up to five in some cases), the capture and sequestration of herds and an exception the French law banning residential evictions between 1 November and 31 March. The court hearing was held on Wednesday, 13 December. Deliberations will take place on 25 January - we will keep you informed of the result.