The food we eat, and the way it was grown has a significant impact on the climate.
B.C. food lands are transformed to provide climate solutions—reducing agriculture emissions and sequestering carbon—while offering co-benefits of local food production, biodiversity protection, and climate resilience
Our Climate Solutions Program is our response to the massive potential that agricultural lands have to mitigate climate change through practices that increase carbon sequestration and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Our programming aims to engage with various levels of government to implement climate-friendly policies that will improve local food systems. Our team works with farmers across BC to identify effective climate change mitigation strategies and amplify practices that reduce agricultural GHG emissions, sequester carbon, and increase renewable energy generation.
The global food system accounts for approximately one-quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions. A collective pursuit to mitigate climate change requires collaboration between political, economic, and social landscapes. Farming can strengthen our response through urgent greenhouse gas reductions and long-term investments in regenerative agriculture. Supporting sustainable food systems will protect environments and improve community health.
Climate Solutions is also about empowering British Columbians to make climate-friendly food choices. Combined food related emissions are the largest part of an individual’s carbon footprint. Food systems are important to unlocking a cleaner, greener, healthier, and less carbon-intensive future. Therefore, we seek to increase skills and facilitate knowledge transfer through webinars, field days, and farmer-to-farmer mentorships.
Climate Solutions Programs
Seed farmers play a vital role in the climate resiliency of our local food systems. Our latest climate and agriculture story highlights seed farmers reducing their emissions and engaging in climate mitigation strategies. Cover cropping, no-till, on-farm nutrient cycling, and mulching are a few of the techniques that seed farmers are applying to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Farmers for Climate Solutions
We are a proud founding and coordinating member of Farmers for Climate Solutions; a national coalition that advances the role of agriculture in mitigating climate change.View Farmers for Climate Solutions
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Climate Change Mitigation Opportunities in Canadian Agriculture and Food Systems
Climate change requires an allhands-on-deck response and how we grow, transport, process and eat our food matters. Through this report we highlight the biggest opportunities for reducing GHG emissions and sequestering carbon while supporting farmers, improving the health of our diets and empowering individuals and communities to be a part of the necessary shift to a greener, cleaner, healthier, less carbon-intensive way of life.See the document