Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis

Dianne Dowling

[This article appears in the February/March issue of The SCOOP.]

The National Farmers Union has released an in-depth report on the impacts of climate change on agriculture in Canada, and the opportunities that agriculture provides to become part of the solution.

Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis: A Transformative Strategy for Canadian Farmers and Food Systems analyses the impacts of the climate crisis on agriculture and the realities of the vulnerable financial situation of farm families. Key conclusions include:

  • The climate crisis is a threat to Canadian farms, but also an opportunity to re-orient our farms to become more integrated, life-sustaining, and community-sustaining.
  • The farm crisis and the climate crisis share many of the same causes, and many of the same solutions.
  • The climate crisis will increasingly impact the ability of Canadian farms to produce food.
  • Priority must be placed on incentivizing low-input, low-emission agricultural approaches.

To read the full report, go to nfu.ca and click the Climate Report button at the top of the page.

Dianne Dowling is active in a number of local farm and food organizations including the National Farmers Union Local 316, the Food Policy Council for KFLA and the Kingston Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI). Her family operates a certified organic farm on Howe Island, east of Kingston.