Grain Growers unveil new climate solutions initiative
By Top Crop Manager
Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) have unveiled a new climate solutions initiative to help meet Canada’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
The “Road to 2050” plan focuses on innovation, research and beneficial management practices. Andre Harpe, GGC chair, said in a statement that the “farmer-driven” plan will “boost productivity while continuing to enhance soil quality, improving the carbon sequestration potential of crop land and reducing emissions. This decision represents a practical and proactive approach to tackling climate change.”
The Road to 2050 is also intended to guide government policies and programming directed at Canada’s grain sector. All recommendations will reflect farmers’ priorities, providing direction for legislators and policy makers who are making investments in research and incentivizing adoption of beneficial management practices.
According to GGC, there has been a 10 per cent reduction in net agricultural GHG emissions in Canada since 1981, which GGC says is “primarily driven by beneficial management practices in the regions where crop production is most intensive.” This reduction in emissions has been accompanied by a period of historic growth in crop yields and agri-food exports, meaning farmers have been producing more food with fewer emissions.
“We recognize that governments around the world are taking important steps to fight climate change and the reality is that Canadian farms can continue to play a major part in Canada’s efforts,” Harpe added.
Immediate next steps will involve seeking potential partners as GGC develops solutions for farmers and government, supported and guided by the establishment of a scientific advisory committee.