Farmers' Resolution to

Exempt Water from the NAFTA

List of farm organizations who have passed this resolution.


The bad news is that water is included in the FTA and the NAFTA.
The good news is that there is a fix,
and that Canada's farmers have already done a lot of the work to get us there.

The Farmers' Resolution to Exempt Water from the NAFTA
- signed by over 200 farm organizations from across Canada -
is shelf ready for Canadians to pick up, loft to shoulder height and use
to effectively reclaim the public interest in this critical policy discussion...


The Farmers’ Resolution to Exempt Water from the NAFTA is a Canada-wide, farmer-led campaign to develop farm “voice” and farm “authority” in a critical public policy dialogue: the retention of national sovereignty over Canada’s water resources.

It is not "anti-NAFTA".  Nor is it "anti-exports".   It is simply "pro-Canadian".    It is about retaining Canada's sovereign right to make decisions for and by communities with respect to water use.  In perpetuity. 

Prior to the signing of the FTA and the NAFTA, Canadians were assured by our Federal Government that Canadian sovereignty over our water resources remained uncompromised.  Turns out, it was:  any time water is licensed and withdrawn by a US firm - or a firm with US investors - NAFTA rights attach.

Water’s inclusion in the NAFTA means “hands-off” to Canadian public policy any time there is a US commercial interest in Canada’s water. From an irrigation project in southern Saskatchewan to the use of water for hydroelectric generation to "water flooding" in the oil patch, US interests in Canada’s water are facilitated and protected by NAFTA. No such protection exists for Canadians.


This initiative arose in response to decisions taken at a gathering of Canadian farmers
- 11th Delegation, Canada Cuba Farmer to Farmer Project -
in the Hotel Nacional, Havana, Cuba in March of 2002.



Local organizing committees and how you can help.

To find out more about provincial organizing committees and how you can help, please send an email to holm@farmertofarmer.ca

For farmers: making arrangements for Holm to speak.

To make arrangements for Wendy Holm to address your farm meeting on the water/trade issue, please send an email to holm@farmertofarmer.ca

For media: making arrangements for interviews.

To make arrangements in interview Wendy Holm, please send an email to holm@farmertofarmer.ca


WENDY R. HOLM, P.AG. -  THE HOLM TEAM
Economist, Agrologist, Columnist, Author

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BC Agrologist of the Year (2000)
Double Queen's Medalist (1993, 2002)
Gold Award, Press Column, 2003
(The Frank Jacobs Award, Canadian Farm Writers Federation)
Bronze Award, Press Editorial, 2003
(The O.R. Evans Award, Canadian Farm Writers Federation)
Silver Award, Press Editorial, 2004
(The O.R. Evans Award, Canadian Farm Writers Federation)
Bronze Award, Press Column, 2006
(The Frank Jacobs Award, Canadian Farm Writers Federation)

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