Agricultural Climate Solutions: The power of farms
Farmland has significant ability to store carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which are key to addressing climate change. Agricultural Climate Solutions is a 10-year, $185 million fund that will support the development of a Canada-wide collaborative network of farmers, scientists and other participants working together to co-develop, test, and implement farming practices to tackle climate change.
Collaborators will implement projects that contribute to environmental co-benefits such as:
Sequestering carbon and reducing greenhouse gases
Like Canada's forests, Canada's millions of acres of farmland have the potential to store carbon and reduce greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. The initiative will contribute to meeting or exceeding Canada's current greenhouse gas reduction target of 30% (below 2005 levels) by 2030 and towards net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Conserving soil that is healthier and more resilient
Rich and healthy soil is the heartbeat of all farms. The use of cover crops and intercropping are just two of many ways that farmers can improve soil quality, store more carbon, and reduce the negative environmental effects caused by soil erosion.
Finding ways to conserve clean water
From soil to streams, water is essential to healthy crops and populations. Farming practices can help conserve one of humankind's greatest resources and safeguard clean water for communities.
Protecting biodiversity for sustainable farms
Biodiversity is the variety of all life on Earth, from tiny organisms to plants, animals and humans. Protecting the diversity of life on farms can result in healthy fields with fewer pest problems. Plus, a larger number of plant species means a greater variety of crops and diversified farm incomes.
Reducing effects of climate change to help all Canadians
Environmentally sustainable farms help to combat climate change, reconnect our rural and urban communities, and contribute to the well-being of all Canadians with healthy food and clean air and water.
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