Archive: sustainability

Showing Support for Canadian Farmers

Agriculture is one of the unique industries that both affects, and is affected by, everyone. Besides providing healthy food, farming has a direct effect on economic activity and the environment—both on farms and beyond the fields. When farmers adopt best environmental practices, we all benefit from not only the food and economic activity but also…

Planning for Growth in Ontario

Last month, the Ontario Growth Secretariat of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing hosted a Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Planning Stakeholder Forum. The meeting brought together over 200 representatives of organizations with an interest in managing growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario was represented at one of dozens…

Agriculture Bill Introduces “Green Brexit”

On September 12, the new Agriculture Bill was introduced in the United Kingdom Parliament. Once enacted, the legislation will cover a broad range of agricultural issues. Of interest in the press most recently is discussion about the Agriculture Bill’s Environmental Land Management System that will pay farmers and land managers for environmental benefits, or public…

The People’s Perspective on a National Food Policy

Last week, the federal government released the What We Heard Report, outlining the results of its nation-wide consultation on a Food Policy for Canada. In 2017, Canadians offered an overwhelming amount of feedback through regional meetings, a national summit, written submissions, and an online survey (completed by 45,000 people). There is no confirmed release date…

A Whole Systems View of Supply Management – Part II

Recent media debate around supply management of dairy often takes a reductionist approach by comparing the shelf price of milk in other countries. But this is far too simplified a way of trying to compare complex differences between complete systems of producing and marketing milk. The CFFO prides itself on considering agricultural issues not only…

Global Dairy Producers Fighting over a Small Slice of the Pie

Early next week, the Supply Management Committee of the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario is meeting with representatives from a number of supply managed commodity boards. The goal is to learn more about growth for new entrants and plans for long-term sustainability. The CFFO Supply Management Committee invited Dr. Bruce Muirhead of the University of…

Grassroots Water Governance

  Water quality has been getting a lot of attention in Ontario lately, and with good reason. But let’s not forget about water quantity. Variable weather patterns, agricultural water use, and water access rights will have a future impact on Ontario’s farmers. Water quantity is a key policy issue for the Christian Farmers Federation of…

Deflating Soil Compaction

Technology continues to bring in new ideas to lower negative impacts on soils during crop production. For example, scientists are concerned that the compaction of soil, due to heavy machinery, is taking away the full potential of food production. In 2011, Ontario hog producer Jake Kraayenbrink won the Premiers Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, thanks…

A New Idea of Efficiency?

As part of the new Strategy for a Waste Free Ontario, the government is consulting on a discussion paper called Addressing Food and Organic Waste in Ontario. Although the proposal does acknowledge the need to reduce and prevent food waste, the real focus is on reducing how much organic waste ends up in landfills and…

Public Influence on Farm Sustainability

Sustainability is a key component to running any business. If a company cannot uphold or maintain its practices, it will eventually crumble. Over the past few months I have been involved in several sessions discussing sustainability in farming. These conversations have been both intriguing and concerning with the problems that have come to light. Every…