Politicians and industry gathered together this week for the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA)’s annual general meeting, held in Ottawa, Ontario.
Jagmeet Singh, leader of the federal New Democratic Party (NDP), spoke to delegates about fighting climate change, through the eyes of the agriculture industry, on Monday.
When it comes to climate change, he says there’s often just a lot of words spoken, with no practical goals put in place.
“We’re not focused on making fancy announcements, we want to work with the partners, and get results. We know that farmers and producers are feeling the impacts of the climate crisis — so they’re very invested in solutions that are going to give long-term good results,” he explains, in the interview below.
In Canada, we have a price on pollution, through the carbon tax. As Singh explains in his conversation with RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney, putting a price on pollution makes sense, but only if there’s a real alternative.
For example, if you have a choice between purchasing a product that’s going to lower your emissions, and one that’s going to increase them, you can choose the alternative. However, right now in the agriculture industry, there’s no zero carbon option.
“There are no electric combines that are widely available for commercial use. There’s no electric tractors in Canada that can work the fields right now. So what is a farmer to do? We’re putting a price on pollution, but not giving farmers a real alternative.”
Check out the full conversation between Singh and Haney, where the duo discuss the climate crisis, the grocery code of conduct, investing in rural infrastructure, and more: