Frontline Farmers collects the voices of NFU members telling of the key struggles of the progressive farm movement in Canada: fighting to build viable rural communities, protecting the family farm and creating socially just and ecologically sustainable food systems. From fighting against transnational corporations that seek to control our food system by imposing genetically modified organisms into our food, to protecting seeds, maintaining orderly marketing, saving the prison farms, keeping the land in the hands of family farmers, farming ecologically and building food sovereignty, the NFU has been front and centre of farm and food activism.
Annette Aurélie Desmarais is Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Social Justice and Food Sovereignty at the University of Manitoba. She conducts research on food sovereignty struggles in various countries. In addition to editing Frontline Farmers: How the National Farmers Union Resists Agribusiness and Creates our New Food Future, Annette is also the author of La Vía Campesina: Globalization and the Power of Peasants (2007) and co-editor of three books on food sovereignty. Prior to obtaining her doctorate in Geography, Annette was a small-scale farmer in Saskatchewan. She then worked with the National Farmers Union and provided technical support to La Via Campesina for a decade.