New alliance aims to move Canada's agri-food system to net-zero

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Seven founding members launched the Canadian Alliance for Net-Zero Agri-food (CANZA) this week.

The intended goal of the alliance is to help Canada feed a growing population while reducing emissions, becoming more sustainable, and creating new economic opportunities for Canada, the organization says.

Supported by the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph, and delivered by the Natural Step and the Smart Prosperity Institute, the seven inaugural partners in the net-zero alliance are: RBC Royal Bank, Loblaw Companies Limited, Maple Leaf, Nutrien, BCG Centre for Canada’s Future, and McCain Foods.

CANZA has committed to developing innovative technologies, “championing” policy measures, and fostering “a circular, net-zero value chain” to remove 150 megatonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Canada’s agri-food sector by 2050.

The first two initiatives by CANZA are to grow a national biodigester network and to coordinate investments and scale projects that “advance the technologies, infrastructure, policy and financial mechanisms needed to help farmers implement net-zero solutions successfully.”

Membership within CANZA is open, the group says.

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