With 10% of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions originating from crop and livestock production, regenerative agriculture presents a path forward in the fight against the climate crisis. The techniques used in regenerative agriculture seek to increase crop diversity, reduce tillage, rotate livestock grazing areas and cover crop over winter. Through regenerative agriculture, the soil is able to capture and sequester more carbon and it reduces soil erosion and carbon emissions and improves overall soil health. After transitioning to regenerative agriculture five years ago, an organic pig farm, 3Gen Organics in Wallenstein, Ontario has reaped the benefits. As Brett Israel of 3Gen Organics told CBC, “Farmers are on the forefront of climate change, we are seeing more intense weather systems. So we need to build resilient systems to overcome these issues and enrich the environment around us.” In the recently released federal budget, the government committed $270 million to support agricultural climate solutions including regenerative agriculture.
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