Deadline Looming for Member Feedback to AAFC Emissions Document

The deadline to provide feedback on the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada discussion document: Reducing emissions arising from the application of fertilizer in Canada’s agriculture sector has been extended until August 31, 2022.  The Canada ag retail industry will be significantly impacted by emission changes, so CAAR urgently needs your feedback.

CAAR is seeking member feedback and participation to ensure the voice of agri-retailers is heard.  CAAR is asking fundamental questions about the government strategy such as does the strategy strengthen or weaken the long term Canadian agriculture industry goal of $75 billion in agri-food exports by 2025?

There are varying perspectives on the extent and calculation methods used in the discussion document. Currently, all published emissions are based on model calculations. The Canadian data does not support the UN document stating Canada is the highest emitter.

CAAR has been asking several additional questions about the discussion document, such as what is the investment exposure to the agri-retailer industry?, What are the risks to Canada’s reputation of high quality and reliable producer of agriculture products? Is synthetic fertilizer a significant contributor to GHG’s compared to like industries or alternative production methods? Was the data provided based on models or actual field data replicated over multiple years and conditions? Is the mandate lead by sound science or ideology utilizing cherry picked science supporting the call to action?

CAAR is well aware that members are busy at this time of year, but we are encouraging all agriculture stakeholders to take note and provide input.

For more information or to discuss concerns about the discussion document, please contact CAAR's Executive Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (204) 989 9303.

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