OFA submitted formal comments to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in response to the federal government’s discussion paper and consultation on fertilizer emissions reduction. With the right level of supports and investments from the federal government, OFA sees an opportunity for our farmers to remain leaders in the efficient use of fertilizer inputs without compromising our position in the world as producers of sustainable, nutritious food. The submission emphasizes how fertilizers are an essential input on a modern farming operation. While some farmers choose to operate without synthetic fertilizers, the vast majority of food production in Canada relies on fertilizers to maximize crop yields for domestic and international markets.
OFA makes direct mention of the vital input and feedback received from our membership on the fertilizer emissions reduction target. It was relayed in our submission document that the introduction of this ambitious target is causing added mental stress and anxiety on top of the already high stress caused by significant supply chain disruptions and global political instability.
OFA’s submission outlines options and recommendations for how Canada can show leadership on the global stage with the efficient use of fertilizer inputs.