The KFLA Food Policy Council initiated the first draft of Bill 216 which has now been put forward by MPP Daryl Kramp (Hastings-Lennox and Addington). The first reading of the bill was on October 19, 2020 and the second reading was on October 20, 2020. The private member's bill was carried and now will go to a Standing Committee for review prior to the 3rd reading. We are very excited to see this work move forward. A big thank you to MPP Daryl Kramp and his staff for their support and advocacy on this issue. The bill aims to ensure that food literacy and skills education is embedded in the school curriculum throughout Grades 1 to 12.
Endorsing organizations include:
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Media: Whig Standard article, Nov. 11th 2020
CBC Ontario Morning interview (starting at 31:41), Nov. 16th 2020
CFRC radio interview (starting at 1:41), Dec. 11, 2020
Learn about the Just Recovery Movement which endorse 6 principles for post Covid 19 investment that will prioritize communities and ecosystems.
Food Secure Canada is endorsing a food action plan in the context of Covid 19 that will promote resilience and equity in our food system. Read more about it on their website and spread the word by sending a letter to your MP.
Thursday, January 14th @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm PST
Join us for the second NFUniversity Climate Class, where we will take a critical look at nitrogen. Nitrogen fertilizer is responsible for nearly a third of Canadian agricultural emissions. As farmers use more fertilizer, emissions go up. Join us for this free NFUniversity Climate Class on the emissions created by nitrogen fertilizer as well as the many ways farmers cut their tonnage while still maintaining yields.
Nitrogen fertilizer production and use is responsible for about 30 percent of Canadian agricultural GHG emissions. Rising nitrogen fertilizer tonnage is the main reason agricultural emissions are increasing. Nitrogen fertilizer is probably unique among all human materials and processes in that it is a major source of all three main GHGs: nitrous oxide, in use; carbon dioxide, in its production; and methane, from its natural gas feedstock.
Though rising N use creates an emissions challenge, there are many farm-level changes that can help farmers use less fertilizer while still maintaining yields. Dr. Mario Tenuta will outline many of these promising approaches, discussing nitrogen efficiency, placement, timing, and formulations and coatings. To reduce agricultural emissions we must reduce emissions from nitrogen. Dr. Tenuta will show us some of the ways that might be possible.
Dr. Mario Tenuta is a professor in the Department of Soil Sciences and heads the Applied Soil Ecology Lab. From 2006 to 2017 he served as the Canada Research Chair in Applied Soil Ecology. Dr. Tenuta is one of Canada’s foremost experts in nitrogen use and ways to reduce use and emissions. In his outreach to farmers and others, he works to translate discoveries to recommendations and advice for growers, crop consultants, retailers, and industry.
The National Farmers Union is launching a series of monthly webinars wherein experts, researchers, farmers, and others will provide advanced (but accessible) analysis and information to NFU members and the public on a range of topics, including seeds, livestock, climate, sustainability, and justice. The sessions will build upon the foundational knowledge many NFU members and others already have and delve deeper into issues to raise our understanding to a higher level. The aim is to increase citizens’ capacities to analyze, advocate, and act.
Classes will consist of approximately 90 minutes of presentations and Q and A, followed by an informal discussion if participants wish to continue the conversation.
Sessions will be conducted in English, with French interpretation provided.