Why We’re Here
Now more than ever, consumers are interested in where their food comes from and whether it was produced in a sustainable manner. In response, domestic and global markets are increasingly considering environmental, social and economic factors when sourcing Canadian grain products. The demand to meet pre-determined sustainability requirements continues to grow and varies among companies and consumers.
In the meantime, many grain producers in Canada continue to look for ways to improve the sustainability of their farms and demonstrate good stewardship practices. Canada’s grains sector has a good news story to tell.
All grains value chain members recognize the need to work together to address the rising marketplace demand for sustainably grown ingredients and to tell their story. Demonstrating performance and building consumer confidence requires an industry wide effort.
Who We Are
The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops (CRSC) is a national, multi-stakeholder initiative dedicated to advancing sustainable production practices and outcomes across Canada’s grains sector. The CRSC serves as a forum for facilitating cross-commodity collaboration and coordination on sustainable agriculture issues and opportunities facing sector participants. Value chain stakeholders, including growers, grain handlers, food processors and food service companies, consumers, NGOs and governments, are the focus of CRSC efforts, which involve assessing and responding to marketplace demands and showcasing Canada’s investment and performance in the area of agriculture sustainability.
“We’re producing more food per acre on less land, and using less water, fertilizer and other resources to do so. In 1900, one farmer produced enough food for 10 people. Today, that same farmer feeds more than 120 people. The use of new technology and modern, efficient equipment to farm with plays a big role in this.”
- Farm & Food Care Canada
“Conservation tillage limits the number of times farmers need to pass over their fields with equipment. This allows farmers to save up to 194 million litres of diesel fuel each year.”
- CropLife Canada
“Studies have shown that soil under no-till agriculture sequestered on average 29 per-cent more carbon than soil under conventional tillage.”
- Ag in the Classroom Canada
“If Canadian farmers stopped using crop protection products and plant biotechnology, we’d need to turn 37 million more acres into farm land to grow the same amount of food we do today.”
- Farm & Food Care Canada