Dairy cattle carbon efficiency has improved greatly.

Why profitable farms can produce less carbon

Livestock efficiency gains result in more production from fewer animals, which produce less carbon along the way

Reading Time: 3 minutes Increasing production efficiency and profitability are two of many ways the livestock industry can help mitigate climate change, according to a University of Guelph expert on the topic. Dr. Claudia Wagner-Riddle of the School of Environmental Science was the presenter at the latest webinar in the Horizon series developed by the Livestock Research Innovation Corporation […] Read more

The ZELP device captures large methane emissions from cows and turns them into carbon dioxide.

European innovations aim to capture waste from cows

There’s a lot of research on feed additives to reduce methane output, but collection devices are starting to show up

Reading Time: 5 minutes European inventors are coming up with what might seem outlandish ways to manage emissions from cattle — collecting the emissions and excretions from both ends. In late 2020, the United Kingdom-based Zero Emissions Livestock Project (ZELP) announced its efforts to equip cattle with halters harbouring a methane-converting fan and filter system. Why it matters: Consumer […] Read more

Group calls for farm climate investment from federal government

Reading Time: < 1 minute A group of farmers is calling for the federal government to invest $300 million to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on farms. Farmers for Climate Solutions (FCS) says such an investment could reduce agricultural emissions by 10 million tonnes. A FCS-led task force made up of farmers, agricultural economists, climate scientsts and policy experts came up […] Read more

Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, with Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna (l) and Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault (r), speaks at the Dominion Arboretum in Ottawa on Dec. 11, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Blair Gable)

No credit expected for farmers’ past work in new carbon market

Work on protocols for specific projects to begin this spring, department says

Reading Time: 3 minutes Draft regulations for Canada’s new carbon market show Canadian farmers won’t receive credit for removing any greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from the atmosphere prior to 2017. Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson on Friday announced the offset market, to be known as the Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset System. A 60-day public consultation period on draft regulations […] Read more

Agriculture is seen as a potential contributor to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Group calls for investment in farm greenhouse gas reduction

Farmers for Climate Solutions says $300 million is needed from government

Reading Time: 2 minutes A group of farmers is calling for the federal government to invest $300 million to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on farms. Farmers for Climate Solutions says such an investment could reduce agricultural emissions by 10 million tonnes. Why it matters: The federal government is currently working on creating its 2021 budget and there’s an expectation […] Read more

Opinion: Biden’s victory a win for carbon pricing policy

Opinion: Biden’s victory a win for carbon pricing policy

Canada’s carbon pricing could help products get through a stiffer U.S. border

Reading Time: 3 minutes United States President-elect Joe Biden’s climate strategy will lay waste to the tired opposition some Canadians have to our country’s carbon pricing policy. Biden campaigned on aggressively combating climate change. When he becomes president in January, it is expected he will create investment in green technologies. Like Canada, the U.S. will soon be trying to […] Read more

Animal agriculture is responsible for only about four per cent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

Toning down plant vs. animal rhetoric

The benefit for the climate could be in linking systems closer to reduce waste

Reading Time: 4 minutes The true measure of livestock farming and sustainability is found somewhere between the big picture and the devil in the details. Sara Place, chief sustainability officer, Elanco Animal Health, boiled down the opportunities and challenges mired in societal perceptions, ecological impacts and the economic feasibility around sustainability at the recent Royal Agricultural Winter Fair’s Virtual […] Read more

Forests in northern countries sequester more carbon when there are more trees versus more species diversity.

Density, not diversity key to northern forest carbon sequestration

Science Notes: Forests can play a crucial role in mitigating climate change

Reading Time: 2 minutes An international team led by the University of Geneva (UNIGE) has found that carbon sequestration is best in forests in cold and dry regions with an abundance of trees, not diversity of species. Inventory data from natural forests on five continents show that species diversity is optimal for equatorial and tropical rainforests, and that, conversely, […] Read more

An ammonia and nitrogen fertilizer plant in Russia. (Saoirse_2010/iStock/Getty Images)

Fertilizer use fuelling climate-warming nitrous oxide emissions, study says

Reading Time: 2 minutes London | Reuters — Rising use of nitrogen-based fertilizers is driving up global emissions of nitrous oxide, a lesser-known greenhouse gas, complicating efforts to limit climate change, scientists reported in a study on Wednesday. Most of the focus in curbing climate-warming gas emissions has focused on the most abundant, carbon dioxide, and one of the […] Read more

McCain Foods hopes to promote alternative potato farming methods such as regenerative agriculture.

McCain builds farms to showcase sustainable practices

The company has committed to reducing the impact of its potato operations

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier Farmmedia – McCain Foods says it is building the farm of the future. The New Brunswick company announced in mid-July that it wants potato production to be more sustainable. To that end, McCain’s is establishing three Farms of the Future to learn how regenerative agriculture and innovation can work at scale in potato farming. […] Read more