A Conservative MP is calling on Canadian consumers to support farmers as the federal government pushes policies to reduce fertilizer emissions, which he said are hurting the farming industry and leading to higher food prices.
The farm-to-fork agenda, introduced in May 2020, claims that a third of the world's greenhouse gas emissions came from food production, and it aims to "[transform] the way food is produced and consumed" to reduce impacts on the environment.
Massive protests have erupted in several countries where the governments are complying with the agenda by introducing climate change policies to radically reduce fertilizer emissions and cut down the number of livestock, including in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, and Sri Lanka.
Barlow, the shadow minister for Agriculture, Agri-Food, and Food Security, warns that similar policies are being proposed in Canada.
"The Liberals are following the same farm-to-fork agenda and we're seeing that with forced reductions in fertilizer use, a burdensome carbon tax, and choking red tape and regulations, which are doing the same thing to our farmers here—making them unsustainable with decreased yields, and higher food costs," he said.
"We need Canadian consumers to stand up and support Canadian agriculture, our farm families, to ensure that they have all the tools they need to be successful, not only to feed our fellow Canadians, but step up in that moral obligation to help feed the world."
"The commitment to future consultations are only to determine how to meet the target that Prime Minister Trudeau and [federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau] have already unilaterally imposed on this industry, not to consult on what is achievable or attainable," the statement reads.
"I am disappointed in the federal government’s approach to imposing fertilizer emission reduction targets when the world is struggling with food security," Thompson said.
"As our farmers work to feed Canada and the world, we need to work with them and support their ongoing efforts to grow and produce the food we need," she added. "The federal government needs to be true partners, rather than simply imposing targets that make it harder."
On July 24, interim Conservative Party leader Candice Bergen also called for support for Canadian farmers.