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Ontario Pork says no to ag fuel carbon tax

Ontario Pork says no to ag fuel carbon tax

The voice for Ontario pork farmers wants to eliminate the carbon tax on natural gas and propane used for agricultural fuels.

By Andrew Joseph, Farms.com; Image by Herbert Aust from Pixabay

Ontario Pork, the voice of the province's 997 dedicated pork farmers, is advocating for the elimination of the carbon tax on natural gas and propane used for agricultural purposes.

Headquartered in Guelph, Ontario, Ontario Pork has been strongly advocating for the exemption of on-farm fuels used in agricultural production from carbon tax policies.

Given the absence of viable alternatives to fossil fuels in farming, this exemption is seen as essential to lightening the financial burden on farmers.

Ontario Pork is committed to sustainability in the pork sector and continuously looks for ways to reduce the sector's impact on greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) through continuous advancements in animal and agronomic practices.

The pork sector is a substantial contributor to the Canadian economy, generating $1.35 billion in GDP (gross domestic product), creating over 19,906 full-time jobs, and yielding $3.78 billion in economic output from "farm to fork."

However, the carbon tax has added financial strain, increasing the cost of production without reducing emissions.

The carbon tax also affects the competitiveness of the pork sector in both domestic and international markets. Canadian farmers face hurdles that producers in other jurisdictions do not.

This can potentially diminish the attractiveness of Canadian pork products on the world stage.

Ontario Pork holds a sincere hope that the Government of Canada recognizes the importance of Bill C-234 and acts promptly to remove the carbon tax on natural gas and propane used for agricultural purposes.

This action is pivotal in supporting Ontario's agricultural and swine communities, fostering economic growth, and ensuring environmental responsibility.

For more on Ontario Pork, visit www.ontariopork.on.ca.


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