10:00 am - 11:00 am
There is an urgent need for coordinated scientific and economic evidence to support agroecosystem redesign to improve the sustainability and resilience of Canadian agriculture. In Canada, the Prairies represent the largest agricultural region covering an area of 40.1 million ha and providing over half of the nation's agricultural food exports. The region is dominantly under monoculture production with major Prairie commodities- cereals, oilseeds, pulses and livestock. The Canadian Prairie Agroecosystem Resilience Network (CPARNet) was conceived and developed by 34 academics from 7 institutions working in tandem with agro-industry groups, government scientists and policy makers, NGOs, First Nations, and farmers with the goal to conduct participatory whole-farm studies in the Prairies. The Network will use a holistic systems approach to simultaneously study environmental, agronomic and economic processes across a gradient of farming practices and geographic conditions. CPARNet will also work with farmers to apply ecological intensification methods and look at the costs and benefits. We hope to provide farmers with alternative strategies for reducing risk, increasing productivity and profitability by enhancing landscape diversity and ecosystem services. This innovative approach will address multiple challenges facing Canada - including crop stability, climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss, by giving the agricultural industry tools and strategies that increase the sustainability and resilience of Canadian food production systems now and in the future.
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Organic Connections is pleased to announce a Childcare Program for the 2018 Conference & Tradeshow. Please read more about it and/or register here.