CRSC Deliverables and Projects
The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops will provide solutions for producers and end users of grain commodities. Solutions will respect the need to deliver and retain value for the entire value chain – including producers – and be relevant to the global marketplace.
Sustainability Metrics Platform Project
In January 2015, through the Growing Forward 2 program, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) approved a grant of approximately $1,077K over three years to create a Sustainability Metrics Platform and a catalogue of data which will inform the development of a national standard that validates the sustainability of Canadian farmers’ grain cropping practices. This Platform will provide a reference for those seeking to understand the state of grains sustainability in Canada. Further, it will form the foundation for a future protocol to address the needs of many of the existing codes and schemes in the global and domestic marketplace.
Dr. Karen Churchill, of Cereals Canada, is serving as project manager for the three-year multifaceted initiative. A working team of other CRSC members and independent sustainability consultants supports her in this task.
Dr. Churchill has engaged a contractor to inform the creation of a core set of Canadian-relevant environmental, social and economic indicators. Work has begun on a carbon analysis study, which will culminate in the development of a region-specific 'carbon footprint' for each of the 10 crops within the mandate of the CRSC. In addition, a sweeping data review will be conducted to support the indicator framework. All of this output is to be housed on an accessible Platform for use by and communication to sector stakeholders and members. This first phase in the Sustainability Metrics Platform’s development will be completed in early 2018.
Co-chaired by Maria Trainer of CropLife Canada and Paul Thoroughgood of Ducks Unlimited Canada, the AgroEcosystem Project strives to inform and support the environment pillar of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops. The AgroEcosytem Working Group has developed Terms of Reference for a three-year study. One of the first activities of this working group was to develop a vision statement for the agricultural landscape from an environmental perspective. The Soil Conservation Council of Canada led this workshop which included participation from Environmental NGOs and industry associations and producer groups. This vision recognizes the need to produce more agricultural products from the existing land base while protecting remaining habitat and ecological function. To view the project's Vision Statement, click here.
To view the media release issued at GrowCanada 2016, click here.