Trying to help save the earth

caringfortheland.jpgOntario’s farmers have put together an enviable track record of environmental achievements over the last twenty years. More than most, their farms, their businesses and their families depend on a healthy environment to thrive and flourish. In fact, farmers are often called pioneers of the environmental movement, caring for the land long before “going green” became a hot trend.

A recent study called Caring for the Land found:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by the equivalent of taking 125,000 cars off the road through impvoed soil conservation practices
  • Farmers have spent over half a billion dollars on environmental improvements on their farms
  • Over 70% of Ontario farmers have voluntarily participated in the Environmental Farm Plan program.
  • Farmers have collectively spent more than 300,000 days in environmental training including Environmental Farm Plan work shops, Grower Pesticide Safety courses and Nutrient Management training.
  • Overall, there’s been a 52% reduction in pesticide use

If that’s not good news, I don’t know what is. If only some of our other major industries would follow farmers’ lead, we’d all be farther ahead.

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