Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET
Introductory remarks by:
- Tom Rosser - Assistant Deputy Minister of Strategic Policy, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- Ryan Tougas-Cooke - Report co-author and Research Associate, Smart Prosperity Institute
- Brent Preston - Director, Farmers for Climate Solutions
- Clyde Graham - Executive Vice President, Fertilizer Canada
- Sonia Cyrus Patel - Report co-author and Research Associate, Smart Prosperity Institute
- Stewart Elgie - Executive Chair, Smart Prosperity Institute
- Mike Moffatt - Senior Director, Policy and Innovation, Smart Prosperity Institute
This webinar explored the potential for Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector to decouple environmental harm and economic growth. There are several key areas of the agriculture and agri-food sector that can contribute to both economic growth and environmental sustainability, such as improving soil health, encouraging better nutrient management, and reducing emissions from the livestock sector. To support these key areas, SPI investigated a series of policy instruments, like behavioural nudges and offset protocols, that could help increase technology deployment and practice adoption across Canada. Each of these instruments has their respective strengths and weaknesses and each can play an important role in further unlocking clean growth within Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector.
The panel discussion focussed on the potential of the identified key areas to unlock Canada’s clean growth opportunity, as well as discuss additional areas of Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector that could contribute to economic growth and environmental sustainability. The panel also shared their thoughts on the policies and programs needed to encourage the adoption of environmentally beneficial management practices and clean technologies in Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector.