Farmers on both sides of the Canada-US border have chosen sustainability as a rallying cry. It’s a familiar term to the urban politicians and others they’re trying to influence. I think most people associate the term with environmental sustainability, though, and farmers will have to work hard to explain that their definition includes economic viability. Sustainability doesn’t pack up into a tight 30-second elevator speech the way their last slogan, Farmers Feed Cities, did. I cover the Ontario Agriculture Sustainability Coalition-led campaign in my Urban Cowboy column in today’s Guelph Mercury.
About The Author
Owen Roberts is a faculty member in the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications program at the University of Illinois. As an agricultural journalist, he is the past president of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists and a lifetime achievement award recipient from the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation. His programs and research papers have been recognized nationally and internationally through awards from the Journal of Applied Communications, the National Agri-Marketing Association, the Association for Communications Excellence, and others.