Canada must #Choose4R.
We don’t have to choose between the environment and feeding the world. Farmers have chosen 4R Nutrient Stewardship, a science-based approach that reduces environmental impacts while supporting Canadian farmers and families.
Canadian Farmer’s play a leading role in Canadian food production
Canada must choose 4R Nutrient Stewardship to meet Canada’s emission reduction targets
In December 2020, the federal government set a national fertilizer emissions reduction target of 30 per cent below 2020 levels by 2030. Because Canadian farmers are already among the most sustainable growers in the world, they have less room to lower fertilizer emissions without compromising their food production than those in other countries.
There are only nine growing seasons until 2030. To meet its climate goals, Canada must follow the leadership of Canadian farmers and go all-in on 4R Nutrient Stewardship. Choosing 4R will reduce environmental impacts while supporting Canadian farmers and families. #Choose4R
Canada’s fertilizer industry also supports over 76,000 jobs directly and indirectly throughout the supply chain
Canada’s fertilizer industry contributes nearly $13 billion to Canada’s GDP.
USD $5.6 Billion
In 2019 Canada exported USD $5.6 billion in fertilizer.
Canadian farmers have used the 4Rs to reduce fertilizer emissions for the last 15 years.
As a result, Canada’s nitrogen use-efficiency ranges between 61% and 78%, ahead of the world average of 61%.
As of 2020 there are approximately 4 million validated acres under 4R management in Canada.
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Canadian farmers are world leaders in food production and environmental sustainability
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Canadian farmers are growing more to increase food security at home and help feed the world
2 Billion People
The world’s population is estimated to grow by approximately 2 billion people by 2050.
Global agriculture production will need to increase by 50 per cent to feed all these people.
Canadian farmers rely on nitrogen-based fertilizers to increase the amount of food they grow to keep up with global demand. This helps put food on the tables of Canadians and feed a growing global population. It also supports Canada reaching its target of $75 billion in agri-food exports by 2025.
By choosing 4R Nutrient Stewardship Canadian farmers have become some of the most sustainable growers in the world
Matches fertilizer type to crop needs.
Matches amount of fertilizer to crop needs.
Matches nutrients available when crops need them.
Keeps nutrients where crops can use them.
For the last decade and a half, Canadian farmers have worked hard to reduce emissions from fertilizer by adopting 4R Nutrient Stewardship. The 4R approach was developed in partnership with leading scientists, farm organizations and provincial governments to reduce agriculture’s environmental impact without compromising farmers’ competitiveness.