Ottawa launches consultations on a Sustainable Agriculture Strategy

Ottawa launches consultations on a Sustainable Agriculture Strategy
Dec 12, 2022

Canadians can provide comment until March 31, 2023

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

The federal government wants feedback from Canadians on its Sustainable Agriculture Strategy (SAS).

This strategy will provide “an integrated and coordinated approach to address agri-environmental issues in the sector,” a discussion document says.

Canadians have until March 31, 2023, to read the document and provide comment.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced the consultations on Monday at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa.

“We must help Canadian farmers keep building their resilience to climate change,” she said Monday morning. “We need to sit down together and develop a roadmap that will keep us on track to meet our environment and climate goals.”

The SAS has five focus areas:

  • Soil health
  • Adaptation and resilience
  • Water
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Biodiversity

And part of the SAS’s work will include reducing fertilizer emissions, developing the Canada Water Agency and a national adaptation strategy.

Mary Robinson, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), and Martin Caron, president of the Union des producteurs and CFA board member, represented the ag sector at the announcement.

CFA and AAFC worked together to establish an advisory committee made up of multiple industry representatives.

“This committee will support dialogue between the key stakeholders,” Robinson said on Monday. “It is our hope this is the beginning of a long-term forum and strategic approach that can help support producers on our transition to a truly sustainable agriculture sector that provides safe and nutritious food for Canada and the world and generations to come.”

Twenty organizations, including the Canola Council of Canada, Egg Farmers of Canada, Pulse Canada and the Fruit and Vegetable Growers of Canada, are part of the committee.

“I look forward to making contributions that help to identify objectives and concrete strategies that farmers can own, and consumers can support,” Julie Paillat, national coordinator, greenhouse vegetable industry with the Fruit and Vegetable Growers of Canada, said on Twitter while attending the announcement.

Full list of Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Committee members:

Canada Organic Growers  

Egg Farmers of Canada

Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute  

Farmers for Climate Solutions

Canadian Canola Growers Association

Fertilizer Canada

Canadian Cattle Association  

Fruit & Vegetable Growers of Canada

Canadian Pork Council

Grain Growers of Canada

Canadian Wildlife Federation  

National Farmers Union 

Canola Council of Canada   

Nature United  

Chicken Farmers of Canada  

Pulse Canada  

Dairy Farmers of Canada  

Union de producteurs agricoles

Ducks Unlimited

Soy Canada

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