Environment Commissioner Report Chastises Fertilizer Use; Encourages Measuring Soil Carbon

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To quote Monty Python: Always look on the bright side of life. And so that’s how we’ll begin a discussion on Ontario’s Environment Commissioner’s latest report entitled, Putting Soil Health First. There’s some great stuff in there: recognizing that our agricultural soils’ health is paramount to long-term soil productivity, that living roots and residue cover are vital to soil health, and that diverse crop rotations and decreased tillage have positive impacts on soil health. But then, it gets a little uncomfortable. And not because Dianne Saxe, Ontario’s environment commissioner, is challenging farmers to take care of their soil, but because…

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