Better farming practices reduce greenhouse gas emissions taking
125,000 cars off the road
GUELPH, ON, June 5 /CNW/ - A new study, Caring for the Land - Our Farm
Environmental Commitment, shows that Ontario's farmers are environmental
Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by the equivalent of taking
125,000 cars off the road through improved soil conservation measures. Farmers
have spent at least $600 million on environmental improvements and 300,000
days in environmental training. Over 70% of them have voluntarily participated
in the Environmental Farm Plan program.
"This report reveals the tip of the iceberg," stated Jackie Fraser,
Executive Director of Agricultural Groups Concerned About Resources and the
Environment (AGCare) who conducted the study. "There are so many farmers doing
great things for the environment; this report merely scratches the surface."
The study was released today to celebrate Canadian Environment Week. The
entire report, a summary booklet, case studies, and other information are
available on www.caringfortheland.com - a new website also launched today.
"Who in society is more dependent on a healthy environment than farmers?
Our families live, work, and play on our farms, and our livelihood depends on
healthy soil, air, and water," stated Murray Porteous, a fruit and vegetable
farmer. "Farmers know the importance of sustaining the quality of their
environment and treating it with respect."
AGCare is an environmental organization that represents Ontario's 45,000
farmers, providing science and research-based information and policy
initiatives on environmental issues on behalf of its membership.
Funding for this project was provided in part by Agriculture and
Agri-Food Canada through the Agricultural Adaptation Council.
CARING FOR THE LAND
AGCare's report, "Caring for the Land - Our Farm Environmental Commitment"
documents the environmental protection work of Ontario farmers through better
NUMBERS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Changes in farming practices have resulted in the following:
Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Conservation tillage allows a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
of 125,000 cars or almost 3 of 4 cars on Toronto's Don Valley Parkway
- Over 600 kilotonnes of carbon not being released from the soil due to
- Reducing tillage conserves soil carbon reducing greenhouse gas
- Almost 2/3 (63%) of Ontario's farmers use conservation tillage ("no
till" or "reduced tillage") affecting nearly 4 million acres, roughly
the size of Lake Ontario
Investment - By Individual Farmers
- $600 million on individual on-farm environmental improvements
- $100 million through internationally recognized Environmental Farm
- Over 33,000 farmers (over 70% of Ontario's 45,000 farmers) have
participated in the EFP and growing
- Farmers invest $3 for every $1 government programs invests in
Participation and Training
- 300,000 days of environmental training such as Environmental Farm
Plan workshops, Grower Pesticide Safety Course, and Nutrient
- 52% reduction in pesticide use
- All farmers purchasing and applying pesticides must be trained and
certified every five years
Mark Cullen supports the Environmental Farm Plan program
- Mark Cullen, best selling author and one of Canada's most prolific
garden writers, supports the Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) program.
He has completed an EFP for his own farm. Mark provides environmental
tips to gardeners based on the stewardship practices that the EFP
For further information:
For further information: or to reach a farmer in your area, contact:
Jackie Fraser, Executive Director, AGCare, Phone: (519) 837-1326, Cell: (519)