BROCKTON – Mayor Chris Peabody said he plans to bring forward a motion at Bruce County council in response to the federal government’s plan to reduce fertilizer emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.
Canada’s federal government recently announced plans to move forward in reducing nitrogen emissions by limiting fertilizer use among farmers, following a meeting in Saskatchewan between the federal officials and provincial agriculture ministers.
This will result in a reduction in food production, said Peabody.
“Our farm community is enraged,” said Peabody.
In response, Peabody said he plans to bring forward a motion at the county level, noting, “Bruce County has many cash croppers … food security is important.” He said his motion would call on the federal government to “pause” their 30 per cent reduction plan.
In Brockton, farming is a $200 million per year industry.
“Brockton can’t afford” the federal plan, the mayor said. “We’re going to push back hard.”
He said the federal plan will cause “massive protest.” He made reference to the truckers’ protests this past winter and spring, and added, “We don’t need the social unrest.”
The federal plan has been described in various news stories as a short-sighted approach that will reduce farmers’ incomes.
Canada isn’t the only country whose federal government has implemented plans to curb fertilizer use to reduce climate change – Dutch farmers have been conducting a nationwide protest against such measures.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times