Dear Minister of Agriculture,
The arbitrary fertilizer emissions reduction target of 30% by 2030 must be reviewed and revised to reflect the reality faced by Canadian farmers.
Seven growing seasons is insufficient time to meet a political target.
As a result of your government’s choice to apply retroactive tariffs on fertilizer, farmers have less capital to make investments in fertilizer optimization techniques likely to reduce emissions.
Moving forward with an arbitrary political target without the technology to accurately measure emissions from farms is a self-defeating policy.
With the rising cost of energy, the retroactively applied tariffs on fertilizer will send food prices even higher.
We ask you to listen to farmers and adopt an intensity-based emissions target instead of an arbitrary absolute target unlikely to be reached in the time.
Cheryl Gallant, M.P.