The agriculture sector will have a voice on the premier’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change.
Ontario Federation of Agriculture President Keith Currie was recently appointed to the new committee.
“I’m pretty excited to have agriculture around the table,” said Currie in an interview. “I think agriculture is climate change’s best-kept secret.”
Carbon sequestration by agriculture doesn’t get its due, he said and he says there’s more that can be done, with the right tools.
There are other committee members with rural connections including Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) and Ducks Unlimited.
That means there will be a decent lens on rural Ontario and the committee won’t be just focused on urban issues or academia, says Currie.
The committee will likely take about a year to complete its work and it will give the government recommendations on what to implement through its environmental plan.
“I think agriculture has been ignored in the climate change conversation for a long time. This is a chance to highlight what we do.”