“Let them eat the cake” seems to be the message of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Emiri Prime Minister concluded his meetings on Friday with regional ministers, and indicated that he will move forward to reduce the allowable use of fertilizers by Canadian farmers as his next step in the fight against climate change.
The Trudeau government wants to cut emissions by 30%, but agriculture experts say reducing nitrous oxide emissions cannot be done without reducing fertilizer use, which will harm their ability to survive in agriculture. Farmers also say this will result in less food being produced in Canada and will lead to food shortages at a time when global food shortages are already suffering.
In 2021, the farming and agri-food system employed 2.1 million people, created 1 in 9 jobs in Canada, and generated $134.9 billion (about 6.8%) of Canada’s GDP, according to the Canadian government.
The world is looking for Canada to increase production and be a solution to global food shortages. “The federal government has to show that it understands this,” Alberta Agriculture Secretary Nate Horner said. “They owe it to our producers.”
This year’s crops are the most expensive ever planted, Horner said, “after a very difficult year in the prairie.”
“We are really interested in this arbitrary target,” said Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marritt. “The Trudeau government appears to have moved past its assault on the oil and gas industry and has focused its sights on Saskatchewan farmers.”
Reducing fertilizer emissions was not on the agenda for the annual meeting of the Federal, Provincial and Territory Ministers of Agriculture. The provinces have prompted the federal government to discuss the topic, and I was disappointed to learn that Trudeau had already set a 30% target.
The obligation to future consultations is only to determine how to achieve the goal set by Prime Minister Trudeau and the Minister [Marie-Claude] The governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan said in a joint statement that Bibeau has already unilaterally imposed on the industry, a lack of consultation on what is or is achievable. Bebo is the country’s agriculture minister.
“Western Canadian farmers already produce the most sustainable agro-food products in the world, and are constantly being asked to do more with less. We cannot feed a growing world population by limiting fertilizers,” said provincial leaders. Western Canadian producers rely on fertilizer inputs on realistic goals based on Moisture availability. Producers are conservative in using fertilizer inputs and do not add more than is required. They alone simply cannot bear the impact of this short-sighted policy.”
Canada is a net exporter of staples such as grains. It has 0.5% of the world’s population, but produces about 1.5% of the world’s food, while consuming about 0.6% of global food production.
Sri Lanka was the experimental kitchen of the organic-only policy. In 2021, President Rajapaksa forbidden The import of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, which forced millions of farmers in that country to switch to organic, almost overnight. The result was disastrous, with significant food shortages, social unrest, and eventually a protest that took control of the capital and forced the government to resign.
Sri Lankan scientists and agricultural experts warned It has severe consequences for many crops, such as cocoa, coffee, soybeans and other staple foods.
In Sri Lanka, rice production fell by 20 percent in the six months following the implementation of the organic-only policy. Instead of feeding itself, the state spent $450 million on rice imports. Tea production, the country’s largest export, fell by 18 percent. Sri Lankans are now facing Imminent famine.
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