Canada’s farmers are on the frontlines of worsening climate impacts. Adaptation strategies are needed to maintain yield and farm profitability. The Greenbelt Foundation is supporting research into best approaches to improving soil health as well as the barriers farmers face in adopting these best management practices, working with an Ontario advisory committee of farm organizations, as well as Quebec-based Equiterre and its national advisory committee.
Losing productivity as a result of increasing climate risks negatively affects farm families’ livelihoods, the profitability of the agriculture sector, the viability of rural communities, and Canada’s GDP.
The research underway will help to identify innovative federal policies that would support improved soil health and associated climate benefits. Through improvements to soil health practices, the Greenbelt Foundation is seeking to contribute to long-term agricultural sustainability, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from farming, and help the agriculture sector adapt to a changing climate.