It is a difficult word to define that changes depending on the commodity, but an important one for consumers and international standards. The Canadian AgriFood Sustainability Initiative (CASI) will look to bring those definitions together under one umbrella. | File photo

Project to define ‘sustainable’

The oft-used phrase of “sustainability” may be getting some clarity in Canadian agriculture. At the end of February, the Canadian AgriFood Sustainability Initiative (CASI) was launched in partnership with the federal government, which is pitching in $560,000 over three years. “It’s a platform to bring together sustainability initiatives to align with international sustainability standards in […] Read more

A look at sustainability and its implications for farming

Last year in this space I wrote that agriculture has the potential to change the world. This year in our “Issue 52” edition, we focus on what it will take to change the world in a sustainable manner. These approaches to agriculture — sustainable, regenerative: what they mean and why they matter — are partly […] Read more

Jake Leguee manages a 15,000-acre family owned grain farm near Fillmore, Sask. Sustainable production is a top priority at Leguee Farms. | Brian Cross photo

Growing for a sustainable future

What does sustainability mean to your farming operation? Is it a core value that influences your production and management decisions? Or do you see it as a concept dreamed up in a far-off corporate board room — an idea that will ultimately place more restrictions and conditions on how you produce food? To Saskatchewan grain […] Read more


Mike Bomford thinks organic farming can pull more carbon from the atmosphere to store in the soil and avoid nitrous oxide emissions from nitrogen fertilizers.  |  Mike Bomford photo

Food, lifestyle choices can help fight climate change

Climate change and urbanization are changing both the landscape and food production, said an instructor in sustainable agriculture and food systems. Mike Bomford of Kwantlen Polytechnic University brought the two together in a recent presentation to suggest a plan for urban residents who want to make a difference in the world one bite at a […] Read more

Farmers and industry stakeholders meeting in Ottawa last week say it’s time for a national environmental farm plan.


Just how broad that plan should be, however, is up for discussion.
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National environmental farm plan urged

OTTAWA — Farmers and industry stakeholders meeting in Ottawa last week say it’s time for a national environmental farm plan. Just how broad that plan should be, however, is up for discussion. Twenty years after the first EFPs were implemented in Ontario, followed by the rest of the provinces by 2005, delegates to the first […] Read more