The Power of Soil: An Agenda for Change to Benefit Farmers and Climate Resilience

Feb 12, 2021   •   Food & Farming , Soil Health

In collaboration with Equiterre, The Power of Soil: An Agenda for Change to Benefit Farmers and Resilience takes a closer look at how and why farmers adopt soil health practices, offers a comprehensive overview of Canada’s current agri-environmental policy and programming landscape, innovative policies from other jurisdictions, and provides a foundation for rethinking Canada’s agricultural and climate change policies and programs in support of greater soil health.

Through this roadmap for change, farmers can help Canada meet its global climate change commitments and its economic goals for the agricultural sector, while helping to ensure long term viability and resilience through adaptation to climate change.

The resulting recommendations are intended to support program-level interventions in the development of the upcoming new federal climate plan, and the new Federal Provincial Territorial (FPT) agricultural policy framework, expected in 2023. The recommendations are grouped under these themes:

  • Governments make soil health a priority

  • Build on collaboration of government, industry, farm organizations and other partners

  • Create improved systems for soil health knowledge and advice

  • Increase funding for soil health system adoption

  • Attract many more farmers to soil health

  • Reduce the risk for farmers

Through this roadmap for change, farmers can help Canada meet its global climate change commitments and its economic goals for the agricultural sector, while helping to ensure long term viability and resilience through adaptation to climate change.

Read the Recommendations Report and Technical Report with Research and Analysis