Consultations on Climate Change in Canadian Agriculture

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With help from external funding, the NFU-O will be facilitating a series of Kitchen Table Meetings (KTMs) across Ontario to promote action on climate change. These small-group meetings will include a variety of stakeholders and engage NFU-O’s extensive connections with sustainable farmers and food system allies. Young farmers will be at the heart of this project. This is a FREE event.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 12pm-1:30pm - Online
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Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 7:00pm- 9:00pm at the Isabel Turner Library Branch in Kingston.

Address: 935 Gardiners Road, Kingston, ON K7M 9A9

Saturday, March 23, 2019- 11:00AM- 3:00PM at Friends House

Address: 60 Lowther, Toronto, ON M5R 1C7

This event is hosted by the NFU- O, Oasis Food Hub, and Conscious Minds Youth Co-op to discuss Climate Resilient Food System Solutions: An Urban/Rural Discussion. The event will take into account urban spaces and communities who also face threats to food security in the face of climate change. To register for this event, please click here.


Farmers are disproportionately affected by changing climate but also have ample opportunities for action. Discussion, education, and engagement must include farmers and rural people to enable coordinated action on climate change.

Previous discussions on climate in Ontario and Canada have identified several key areas of engagement and action for agriculture, including:
- Carbon sequestration and long-term soil health
- Reduced GHG emissions from agriculture
- Green energy
- Organic diversion for waste reduction
- Farmland protection, including greenbelt and grasslands
- Tree planting, as well as hedgerow and shelterbelt protection
- Climate resilience

In February and March of this year, NFU-O staff and volunteers will convene and facilitate seven KTMs across Ontario, along with one online KTM, encouraging participants to engage and learn, becoming better educated and more able to take action.

We will invite stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to each meeting. Young farmers are our core demographic for this project, but we will also include academics and researchers, community members, NGO representatives, Indigenous leaders, and others.

More details and announcements coming soon; for further information and a list of Kitchen Table Meeting locations, please visit: nfuontario.ca/climate

You can also join us for an online Kitchen Table Meeting on March 20 at 12pm; email sana@nfuontario.ca to join the participant list.

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