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It’s effective, but a methane-reducing feed additive known as 3-NOP won’t be available here for a few years, says one Agri-Food Canada researcher.

Burp-busting feed additive still a few years from approval

Research has found 3-NOP works, but the path to regulatory approval is long and slow

Glacier FarmMedia – A new feed additive can reduce methane emissions in beef and dairy cattle, but unfortunately, it’s not available in North America yet and won’t be for some time. The feed additive, called 3-nitrooxypropanol (or 3-NOP for short), is a methane-inhibiting compound created by Dutch company DSM Nutritional Products. “It’s quite well researched in dairy and beef

Canada is already ahead of the curve in addressing climate change within agriculture, at least relative to large swaths of the global community.

Comment: Can Canada lead on ag at upcoming climate talks?

There’s a new push to address agriculture’s contribution to global pollution

A new, particularly stark warning about climate change shows Canadian agriculture could be a lighthouse to other nations trying to mitigate greenhouse gases. Word that global warming is “widespread, rapid, and intensifying” has likely spread across the country by now. Yet another report, this one from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),

Letters: More harm than good

I am writing in response to an article in the July 8, 2021 issue of your paper titled, ‘How plant-based diets could help prevent the next Covid-19.’ What Mr. Boyer says about reducing contact with animals to prevent zoonotic diseases is true. However, his suggestion that we do this by consuming less meat and more

Carbon levy increase impact ‘small’ on agriculture: PBO

Action limited to only certain activities and will result in a small carbon reduction

An increased carbon levy, and other measures aimed at achieving Canada’s emissions targets, won’t impact agriculture relative to other industries, according to a new report. The Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) released a report June 23 assessing impacts of the government’s plan to exceed the 2030 Paris reduction target for Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. “Our assessment

Current countries’ plans to keep the average global temperature rise to 1.5 C are falling well short of their goal.

UN climate talks must boost emissions cuts, finance targets —negotiators

“We need to take stock in Glasgow on how we are going to ramp up political ambition over the next few years.” – Peter Betts

Reuters – The next round of international climate talks this year must focus on getting more ambitious greenhouse gas emissions cuts and boosting finance for vulnerable nations, climate negotiators said June 24. Britain will host the next United Nations’ climate conference, called COP26, in November in Glasgow, Scotland. It aims to spur more ambitious commitments

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrives at the European Council for an EU summit on June 24, 2021.

Success of climate change talks rests on finance, UN chief says

Richer nations need to make meaningful financial contributions to efforts

Reuters – The success of international climate negotiations in November will depend on a breakthrough in financial contributions from rich countries, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on June 24. With less than five months to go until the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, there are increasing tensions around climate finance — money rich countries

A report suggests that increasing soil carbon levels is one way to limit greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change.

Opinion: IEA report has consequences for agricultural producers

The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) widely publicized report on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to achieve global targets further bolsters the case more needs to be done in agriculture to combat climate change. Producers, as the report notes, can’t be excluded from that effort. Released this month, the report lists 400 actions that will need to

A best-case scenario for agriculture would be to get back to the pre-agriculture state of carbon sequestration, but even that’s a tall order, a new NFU report says.

Carbon offsets not the right policy says NFU

The National Farmers Union says to instead incentivize farmers to preserve and enhance their soil

[UPDATED: June 4, 2021] Carbon offsets for Canadian farmers aren’t the way to mitigate climate change in Canada, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU). Paying farmers to store more carbon in their soil by selling credits to carbon emitters is touted as a way for farmers to earn more revenue and cut carbon emissions.

Guest Editorial: Carbon questions loom

The march to some sort of agricultural carbon economy is on and it’s integral that we get it right if we go down this road. Policy can’t be driven by politics and ideology. Unfortunately, the science of carbon sequestration continues to be fuzzy, which leaves open the opportunity for opinion to guide the policy. There

Scott Moe contends carbon stored by the Saskatchewan producers “should be recognized going back decades.”

Opinion: Scott Moe’s carbon credit stance unsalable

Emitters won’t recognize — or pay for — carbon sequestered decades ago

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe continuing to believe farmers should be credited for decades-old actions demonstrates his overall reluctance to recognize the significance of climate change. Beaten by the Supreme Court of Canada, Moe is now in the unenviable position of having to develop and introduce a carbon pricing policy. Most of his constituents don’t want