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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

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


Farm abandonment, like these remnants of a Soviet-era collective farm seen here in the Kursk region of Russia, led to greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

Communist collapse had green lining

Post-Soviet food system changes led to greenhouse gas reductions


Changes in agriculture, trade, food production and consumption after the collapse of the Soviet Union led to a large reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a new study has found. From 1991 to 2011, there was a net emissions reduction of 7.61 gigatons (Gt) of carbon dioxide equivalents — the same as one-quarter of the CO2

New feed sources and better farming practices have resulted in Canadian
dairy production having one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world.

Dairy producers’ carbon footprint keeps shrinking

The improvements are the result of the ready adoption of new practices by the sector, according to a recent study

Canadian dairy farmers are getting smaller when it comes to their impact on the environment, says a study done for Dairy Farmers of Canada by Groupe AGECO. The Canadian dairy sector has achieved one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world and every litre of milk it produces creates one-third of the greenhouse gas

Melissa Pawlisch, director with the University of Minnesota’s Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) was a guest speaker at the Manitoba Sustainable Energy Association conference in Winnipeg earlier this month.

Clean energy can drive rural economy

Speakers call for switching out some of the $4 billion now spent on fossil fuel imports to Manitoba with homegrown renewable energy sources

Businesses are powered by solar panels on rooftops in downtown Minneapolis while small towns across the state source solar energy from “solar gardens” and farms harness the power of the sun to power up their barns. Minnesota has become a leading U.S. state for its adoption of solar and other renewable energy sources, thanks to


KAP president Dan Mazier is pleased fuels used to heat and cool livestock buildings, greenhouses and dry grain are exempt from the province’s $25 a tonne carbon tax.

KAP welcomes further carbon tax exemptions

Fuels used to heat and cool livestock buildings, greenhouses or to dry or store crops will be exempt

The Manitoba government’s carbon tax exemption on marked farm fuels used in farm equipment and trucks, has been extended to include heating and cooling farm buildings and drying crops. “A farm building for fuel and carbon tax purposes is a building where you either keep or raise livestock for sale or a building where you

An aerial image of the research study area in southwestern Kansas.

Cellulosic biofuels best bet for climate concerns

They’re lower impact than other options and can even sequester carbon rather than produce it

A new study from Colorado State University is breathing new life into the concept of biofuels produced from switchgrass instead of grain crops. The team says the non-edible native grass which grows in many locations throughout North America could be a better alternative than corn and other cereal and oilseed crops when it comes to

Ontario proposal aims to double ethanol blend in fuel

Government move would boost corn market in the province

An Ontario government proposal could dramatically increase the amount of Ontario corn going into ethanol production and help bring consistency to the basis price for corn in the province. The government has posted its proposal to increase ethanol content in the province’s gasoline from five to 10 per cent to the Environmental Bill of Rights


Better soil health could capture more carbon

A recent study says changing farming practices could capture as much carbon as the global transport sector emits

Thomson Reuters Foundation – Improving soil health in farmlands could capture extra carbon equivalent to the planet-warming emissions generated by the transport sector, one of the world’s most polluting industries, experts said Nov. 14. Soil naturally absorbs carbon from the atmosphere through a process known as sequestration which not only reduces harmful greenhouse gases but

Editorial: Wheels within wheels

Canada’s current debate over carbon pricing, and Manitoba’s response to the federal requirements, highlight the complexities of making public policy. The federal government wants Canadian businesses, households and individuals to emit less carbon. That’s going to mean burning fewer fuels, using what we do use more efficiently and many other changes large and small throughout