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Cattle Country: Sustainable Agriculture – Exploring Net Zero, Indigenous Agriculture, Biodiversity – UM Today

by ahnationtalk on May 24, 202319 Views

May 24, 2023

More than 300 researchers, farmers, policy makers, and industry representatives attended the 9th Annual Sustainability of Canadian Agriculture Virtual Conference held March 7-9th 2023 which tackled timely topics including the possibility of achieving net zero emissions, exploring the role of Indigenous agriculture and understanding how biodiversity is linked to agriculture production. The virtual event co-hosted by the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment (NCLE) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) featured thought-provoking panel discussions, a GHG farm emissions modelling workshop and more. This year’s theme was a deep dive into exploring how new and traditional knowledge can work jointly to enhance sustainable food production in Canada and pave the way to achieving net zero emissions targets in agriculture.

The keynote address: Are net zero emissions achievable?

Internationally recognized speakers Henry Janzen and Tim McAllister with AAFC kicked off the workshop by critically examining the concept of net zero emissions in farming and its feasibility. Janzen, speaking from a land perspective, discussed the challenges associated with net zero emissions, including the obstacles that the industry, academia and society must navigate to reach ambitious international emission reduction targets.

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