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Private sector push will give farmers carbon opportunities

Companies like MacDonald’s and Maple Leaf foods will likely partner with farmers to offset emissions

Western Canadian farmers lead the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions — they just don’t get paid for it, says an expert in the carbon-credit market. But that’s starting to change, said Jon Alcock, sustainability specialist at Viresco Solutions, a company that develops carbon credits and “carbon intensity scores.” Compliance-based carbon offset credits in Canada

A University of Oxford study says oat milk is a “guilt-free option.”

Oat ‘milk’ gets high marks

It’s now the fastest-growing dairy alternative in the U.S.

If you’re a dairy producer, you won’t think much of the alternative “milks” reviewed in a recent article in the U.K.’s The Guardian. But if you grow oats, you might be a bit less rankled. The article claims dairy milk is an environmental “disaster” and quotes a University of Oxford study which says it results


Manitoba government proclaims Watershed District Act

District members had expressed concern that act would be delayed, complicating plans

The act that reforms conservation districts along watershed lines was proclaimed Dec. 30, slightly ahead of schedule. “This new model of improved watershed management strategies will improve the quality of our water in lakes, wetlands, rivers and streams, an important step towards mitigating climate change locally and globally,” said Blaine Pedersen, minister of Agriculture and




Canadian farmers can help save the planet and themselves by cutting petroleum-based farm inputs, according to a discussion paper written by farmer, researcher and author Darrin Qualman in co-operation with the National Farmers Union.

Rethinking the Green Revolution

Canada needs to ‘swing for the fences’ and transform its agriculture, says a new discussion paper

The climate change and farm income crisis have many of the same causes and solutions, according to a major new discussion paper. Cutting back on petroleum-based inputs, including nitrogen fertilizer, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and increase net farm incomes by lowering input costs. The result: more farmers and revitalized rural communities, says the

Farmers have enough challenges on their hands this season without the added stress 
of higher costs due to the carbon tax, producer groups say.

Farm groups say ‘Harvest from Hell’ underlines need for carbon tax relief

Fuels used for this operation have not been exempted from the federal carbon tax

Farm groups have fired off urgent appeals for government financial help for producers struggling with a weather-disrupted harvest made worse by the imposition of the federal carbon tax on fuel used to dry grain. Grain Farmers of Ontario and a coalition of Alberta commodity groups sent their requests directly to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau because

Maple Leaf Foods CEO Michael McCain says the carbon neutral status isn’t the end of the 
company’s efforts to minimize its environmental footprint.

Maple Leaf Foods goes carbon neutral

The move positions the Canadian company as a global leader

Through reducing emissions and investing in offsetting projects, Maple Leaf Foods has become the first major food company in the world to become carbon neutral, the company announced Nov. 7. “Given the impact that climate change is having on our planet, our vision is one that calls us to strive for continuous improvement by reducing


A farmer shows a corn shoot infested with fall armyworm at his farm in Narayangaon village in the western state of Maharashtra, India, Dec. 18, 2018.

Technology eases farming ‘drudgery’ and risk as climate threats grow

Farming technological innovations can make the work more secure and appealing around the world

Thomson Reuters Foundation – In India, farmers growing crops for seed company Mahyco get a text message after they deliver their harvest, noting its weight and how much was usable — followed quickly by another text saying their money is in the bank. That reliable flow of cash through their accounts means when a farmer

Teen Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg poses as she visits the Athabasca Glacier at the 
Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park.

Climate anxiety support groups spawned

Many say climate uncertainty is beginning to harm their mental health

Reuters – On a rainy night in the basement lounge of a church, five people sat in a circle and nibbled on snacks as they talked about their personal struggles. They had not come to discuss alcoholism, drug addiction or gambling. This was the first meeting of a 10-week peer support program designed to help