Canadian MP introduces bill to fight food insecurity and climate change
The Cattle Site
01 May 2021
New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament Alastair MacGregor has introduced a bill that hopes to combat food insecurity and climate change by investing in soil health and research.
NDP agriculture critic Alistair MacGregor (Cowichan-Malahat- Langford) recently introduced legislation to create a National Soil Health Strategy for Canada. With the increasing impacts of climate change and global food insecurity, a national strategy will help to maintain, enhance, and rebuild the capacity of soils to produce food and fuel for years to come.
“Healthy soils are the foundation of sustainable food production, enhanced biodiversity and cleaner air and water for present and future generations. Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast depend on our ability to produce good food to keep themselves, their families and the environment healthy,” said MacGregor. “Our soil plays in a crucial role in supporting agricultural productivity and in meeting global challenges, including food security and climate change.”
MacGregor’s bill encourages farmers and other land users with research, education, training, and knowledge transfer in best practices and will also establish an office of a National Soil Health Advocate. The bill also requires the Agriculture Minister to consult with representatives of provincial governments, Indigenous governments, and stakeholders in the agriculture and agri-food industry...