Thursday, 26 October 2017 00:00

Support for Agroecology at the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

In Canada, eight to ten per cent of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be attributed to agriculture. This is the first time a senate committee has concentrated on GHGs in this sector.

four people in business attire, Martin Entz, Faris Ahmed, Gen Grossenbacher and Emile Frison, stand in front of the Canadian Parliament building. The Peace Tower is behind them and the Canadian flag is flying on top of it.

As part of their study into the potential impact of the effects of climate change on the agriculture sector in Canada, the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry heard testimony this week from Emile Frison, an expert on conservation and agricultural biodiversity.

Click the image below to watch Emile's presentation to the standing committee. His presentation begins at timecode 09:01:40 AM.

Emile Frison at Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry-1

As the climate continues to change, the agriculture sector will face increasingly unpredictable growing conditions and harsher, more frequent extreme weather. At the same time, in Canada, eight to ten per cent of GHG emissions come from agriculture. Globally, this percentage is estimated anywhere from 30-50 per cent.

We need to find ways of adapting our agriculture to climate change. At the same time, there is a huge opportunity to cut our contribution to climate change by shifting the way we grow our food.

Check out Emile's testimony, in which he discusses sustainable agriculture (specifically agroecology) as the way to do both: adapt to and mitigate climate change.

Hungry for more? Emile was also lead author on the report "From Uniformity to Diversity: A paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems." Get it here.

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