Canada’s agriculture industry produces about 60 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually, in carbon dioxide equivalents, based on Agriculture Canada data. But the National Inventory Report (NIR), which counts greenhouse gas emissions and sinks, doesn’t include the millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide stored within grains and oilseeds.
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Agriculture is not a carbon villain: producer

Manitoba farmer says the federal government isn’t taking into account carbon stored in seeds of grain, oilseeds and pulses


The math for greenhouse gas emissions doesn’t make sense, says a farmer and engineer from Manitoba. Canada’s agriculture industry produces about 60 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually, in carbon dioxide equivalents, based on Agriculture Canada data. But the National Inventory Report (NIR), which counts greenhouse gas emissions and sinks, doesn’t include the millions […] Read more

A study found that irrigated fields have higher greenhouse gas emissions that non-irrigated fields.  |  File photo

Reducing nitrous oxide emissions benefits farmers

Farmers who use best management practices for agronomic reasons also gain environmental benefits, says a University of Saskatchewan researcher. However, soil scientist Dr. Richard Farrell told the recent provincial irrigation conference there is room for improvement around nitrogen use. Agricultural soils produce about half of total greenhouse gas emissions for the sector but 90 percent […] Read more

Clean fuel standard may boost canola demand

If Ottawa expands the biofuel mandate, it could mean an extra three million tonnes of sales, says canola group official

Farm and biofuel groups are happy to hear that the federal government is developing a clean fuel standard. Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna recently announced that Ottawa will be holding consultations next year on developing a standard that will reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 30 megatonnes by 2030. That is the equivalent […] Read more


How Canada deals with greenhouse gas

Canada is often listed as number seven in the world when countries are ranked by arable farmland. The United Kingdom is more like 40th, considering that Canada has eight or nine times more farmland. However, the U.K. and Canada produce almost the same amount of greenhouse gases from livestock and crop production: 56 million tonnes […] Read more