Senate report pulls feds down to earth on food security

Canada’s failure to protect farm and forest soil from climate change, urbanization and pollution threatens the country’s food security and environment, a federal committee has warned.

On Thursday, the Senate committee on agriculture and forestry released a strongly-worded report calling on the government to take more aggressive action to protect the country’s soil. Without more protection, Canada risks losing the soils underpinning the nation’s farms, thus kneecapping its ability to meet climate and environmental goals, the committee warned.

“It calls attention to what Canada — and the world — depends on: food, fuel and fiber,” said Laura Van Eerd, a professor at the University of Guelph and soil expert. As the basis to produce these resources, soil “is a valuable resource and the Senate report calls for action — quickly.”

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