June 21, 2022 (Ottawa, ON) – The Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) have launched the official website for their climate solutions initiative– the ‘Road to 2050.’ The website will serve as an informational hub for members, legislators, and decision-makers to learn more about the sector’s plan to meet the Government of Canada’s ambitious goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
“As part of Canadian grain farmers’ ongoing leadership, we are prioritizing practical and achievable climate solutions that protect our environment while maintaining our competitiveness,” says GGC Chair Andre Harpe from his farm in Alberta’s Peace Country. “This website will house our Request for Proposal (RFP) that will ultimately guide the project’s findings and recommendations for policymakers, highlight the Road to 2050 Partners in Sustainability, and provide updates of key milestones and findings throughout the process.”
Since 1981, there has been a 10 percent reduction in net agricultural GHG emissions in Canada – primarily driven by beneficial management practices in regions where crop production is most intensive. This reduction in emissions has been accompanied by a historical growth in crop yields and agri-food exports, meaning farmers have produced more food with fewer emissions.
The ‘Road to 2050’ will identify opportunities for the sector to guide government policies and programming toward enabling on-farm innovation and sustainability that supports intensified production and long-term economic prosperity.
The RFP will be available on the website and will illustrate the need to provide farmers with an understanding of what practices and technologies they could adopt that can have the most impact on reducing GHG emissions and increasing sequestration. More importantly, the roadmap will provide governments in Canada with an understanding of what is achievable for the grain sector, and recommendations to alter existing or to establish new policies and programs to unlock that potential.
“GGC is committed to being a leader in the fight against climate change and finding solutions that align Canada’s climate goals with the sector’s needs,” said GGC’s Executive Director, Erin Gowriluk. “Around the world, governments are taking important steps to fight climate change, and the reality is that Canadian farmers can continue to play a major part in Canada’s efforts.”
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Grain Growers of Canada provides a strong national voice for over 65,000 active and successful grain, oilseed and pulse producers through its 14 provincial, regional and national grower groups. Our mission and mandate are to pursue a policy environment that maximizes global competitiveness and to influence federal policy on behalf of independent Canadian grain farmers and their associations.