Influencing Policy

BC farmers are stakeholders and allies in Canada’s climate change mitigation efforts. Reducing on-farm emissions will contribute to the country’s ability to meet climate targets and help secure a sustainable agricultural sector. We are committed to supporting farmer-led, practical climate solutions and management strategies.

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Previous FarmFolk CityFolk Board of Directors member, Dan Straker

As a founding and coordinating member of the national Farmers for Climate Solutions (FCS) coalition, we are involved in federal climate-agriculture initiatives and policy recommendations. Our focus includes championing climate-friendly farmers in BC and recommending practices, such as crop covering and rotational grazing, that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, sequester carbon, and conserve on-farm ecosystems.

Agricultural climate solutions are emerging thanks to the work of Canadian farmers. To build sustainable farming communities and food security, we need to engage decision-makers in the development and reconstruction of agricultural policies that support and promote equitable on-farm management strategies.

Our team of experts continuously creates opportunities for dialogue with multiple levels of government and removes barriers for the country’s agricultural sector.

BC’s Provincial Election 2024: Building Resilient Communities Through Food System Policy

British Columbians are acutely aware of the challenges accessing affordable, nutritious food. Many British Columbians are also aware of the need to address land justice issues in a province built on unceded Indigenous territories. With the provincial election scheduled for October 19th of this year, we are looking to political parties to present compelling policy proposals that address these issues and many other needs of daily life in British Columbia. We believe that just and resilient ecosystems and food are central to achieving a range of vital public needs for community wellbeing, prosperity and resilience and offer a set of policy recommendations to help achieve these goals. FarmFolk CityFolk has developed a Policy Brief, in collaboration with the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, which was shared with each of the registered political parties in BC.

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Innovation & Impact: Regenerative Climate Action on BC Farms

Recognizing and honouring the leadership and proactive measures that many farmers and industry groups in BC are already taking to reduce their emissions, the report identifies priority actions that are not yet widely embraced and that have the greatest potential for lowering emissions. The report focuses on practical, actionable recommendations adapted to the diverse geographies and farm sectors in our province. Indigenous-led agricultural ventures need to be prioritized and fully supported in all programming.

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Leadership and Leverage: Political Opportunities for Climate Mitigation in BC Agriculture

We believe that ambitious emissions reduction throughout our food system is necessary and will be achieved through bold political leadership that sees opportunity and that escapes the inertia of a business-as-usual approach that is endangering the planet.

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