About a third of all Canadian farmers virtually joined hands from coast to coast last week, and unveiled a new Guelph-based organization dedicated to lobbying for agricultural research money. It’s called Farmers for Investment in Agriculture, and it consists of the Grain Growers of Canada, the Grain Farmers of Ontario, the Fédération des producteurs de culture commerciales du Québec, and the Atlantic Grains Council. The group says there’s a $10 benefit for every $1 invested in agricultural research. I write about their platform, and their reasoning, in today’s Urban Cowboy column in the Guelph Mercury.
Agriculture is in the middle of two of the world’s biggest challenges: climate change and starvation. Farmers are right — research is needed on so many fronts.
The photo below is from treehugger.com.