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Farmers call on feds to walk the talk on climate action

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Feb 23rd, 2021
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AWARE News Network

Canadian farmers are asking federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau to invest $300 million in the upcoming federal budget to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 million megatonnes,

“Proud to launch six policy proposals today on Canadian Agriculture Day that support farmers to implement climate-friendly farming practices,” says the Twitter feed of Farmers for Climate Solutions.

Here’s the background:

In September 2020, Farmers for Climate Solutions recruited a farmer-led task force of experts, to propose short-term actions that will deliver long-term lasting benefits. Their program recommendations, if adopted by the Canadian government, will chart the course for a climate-resilient agricultural sector that prioritizes farmer livelihoods and food security for all Canadians.

There are only nine growing seasons left to achieve Canada’s target for the 2030 Paris Agreement, and our projected agricultural emissions are set to increase. It is clear that Canada has a long way to go to close the gap, and while farmers in Canada want to lead in the climate transition, we need meaningful support in order to do this.

FCS’s research shows that the EU spends 73 times more than Canada on agri-environmental programs on a per-acre basis. The US spends over 13 times more.

The six solutions are:

– Doing more with less nitrogen (

– Increasing adoption of cover cropping

– Normalizing rotational grazing

– Protecting wetlands and trees on farms

– Powering farms with clean energy

– Celebrating climate champions

Go to the Farmers for Climate Solutions website for more informations.

Here’s the full report, released today: FCS Budget Recommendations 2021

Media:

Farmers ask feds for $300M to cut agricultural emissions

How Canadian farmers can go from climate change polluters to a key part of the solution

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