The following piece is from our sister publication, the Alberta Seed Guide.
The Canadian government has opened a consultation process to develop a Sustainable Agriculture Strategy (SAS), a Dec. 12 news release said. The strategy will serve as a guide to support the livelihoods of farmers while growing a sustainable sector.
“The Sustainable Agriculture Strategy will pave the way to help us sustain the livelihoods of farmers. Drawing from their expertise and best practices, we can ensure that the sector is more resilient in the face of climate change,” Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food, said in the release.
The release noted by identifying goals and a way forward, Canada’s agriculture sector will be equipped to recover quickly from extreme events, thrive in a changing climate, contribute to world food security, while also contributing to Canada’s overall efforts to cut emissions. The government wants to amplify the work already underway and increase adoption of these best practices.
The strategy will be developed in close collaboration with the agricultural sector including the provinces and territories, the release said. The process will include public consultations, targeted workshops and an advisory committee. The committee will be co-chaired by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, it’ll be comprised of industry experts, including producers and representatives of associations and non-governmental organizations
The overarching and integrated strategy will focus on five priority issues – soil health, climate adaptation and resilience, water, climate change mitigation, and biodiversity, the release said. As part of the consultation process, a discussion document is now available for comment. Consultations run until March 31, 2023.