Farmers for Climate Solutions

Farmers need to lead the discussions about farming & climate.
The NFU wants you to know about the launch of a campaign, Farmers for Climate Solutions, which launches today, National Agriculture Day.  The NFU, with partners across Canada, is working to ensure that any conversation about agriculture and climate change is led by farmers, lending our experience to the conversations and bringing our determination to maintaining farmer livelihoods while we lead on climate solutions.

Our recent report, Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis:  A Transformative Strategy for Canadian Farms and Food Systemsidentifies that the agriculture sector contributes 12 percent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. It also identifies many ways that farmers can help reverse this trend. In fact, agriculture is one of the most promising sectors for delivering fast and effective climate solutions.

Stewart Wells, NFU Vice President of Operations and an organic grain, alfalfa and pulse farmer, has seen extreme weather events increase on his 3500 acre farm in near Swift Current, Saskatchewan in recent decades. “Across the country, many of us are already implementing climate solutions on our farms and in our communities. Climate-friendly practices will look different from one farm to the next, but every farmer has the capacity to be part of the solution,” he said. Cutting emissions creates other benefits for farmers, including increasing farm resilience, enhancing soil health and improving farmer livelihoods.

Emphasizing the urgency of addressing climate change, Mr. Wells explained that “we can’t do this alone – we need agricultural programs and policies that support climate-friendly farming practices and that take into account the livelihood of Canada’s 270,000 farmers. With Farmers for Climate Solutions, we’re creating a platform for farmers to come together to propose effective and realistic steps that work for their farms and their communities,” Stewart Wells said.

The NFU is joined by SeedChange (formerly USC Canada), Equiterre, Rural Routes to Climate Solutions, Farm Folk/City Folk, Canadian Organic Growers, and Ecologicial Farmers Association of Ontario in Farmers for Climate Solutions.

We invite you to explore the webpage:  Follow and share the social media that surrounds this launch (Facebook:  @FarmersFermiers) and be prepared to hear about it on traditional and social media.  Let us know if you would like a printed copy of Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis — We’ll send it to you for great reading!

We look forward to sharing more details and policy direction soon.  Please join us in conversations about how to tackle the farm financial crisis and the climate crisis and build a Canada where farms — and farmers — can flourish for generations to come.

Best wishes,
Your friends at the National Farmers Union

Contact information:
Telephone: 306-652-9465

Mailing address:
2717 Wentz Ave., Saskatoon, SK S7K 4B6


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