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Grain Grower launch GHG policy recommendations

Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) have created a set of policy recommendations focused on agricultural practices and climate change.

The Road to 2050 is an initiative aimed at shaping federal government programs for the sustainable intensification of the grain sector.

GGC Chair Andre Harpe said there are many challenges including the need to feed an expanding global population, address climate concerns, and maintain the economic viability of Canada’s grain farms.

“Facing the urgent need to feed more people, tackle climate change, and keep grain farms profitable, Canadian grain growers are leading with innovative sustainable practices,” Harpe said. “These efforts not only reduce our carbon footprint but also play a crucial role in achieving Canada’s climate goals.”

Harpe said the grain sector has achieved considerable strides in environmental sustainability by maintaining stable greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while increasing production.

Over the past two decades there has been a 50 per cent reduction in GHG emission intensity from 1997 to 2017 in the agriculture sector, surpassing the 36 per cent reduction across the Canadian economy during the same timeframe.

The Road to 2050 policy recommendations are aimed at getting the government to partner with grain farmers to reduce emissions.

Harpe said recommendations include increasing public and private breeding research, expanding eligibility criteria and funding for current climate programs, and developing a data management strategy.

“It’s clear that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach across Canada, but by working together, we can ensure that the sector continues to be part of the solution,” Harpe said.

With a $30 billion contribution to Canada’s GDP, 1st Vice Chair of GGC William van Tassel said the grain sector recognizes the need for continuous innovation and investment to sustain production.

“For decades, grain farmers have been at the forefront of sustainability, making Canada a global leader in producing grain with the lowest emissions possible,” van Tassel said. “Yet, boosting our competitiveness and commitment to emission reductions demands a significant increase in research and development investments.”

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