The Next Green Revolution: How Canada Can Produce More Food and Fewer Emissions
It’s reshaping the economy, as food prices take inflation higher. It’s redefining national security, as countries reckon with the prospect of strategic supplies. And it’s resetting the climate conversation, as producers and consumers grapple with the need for more food with fewer emissions.
The world needs another Green Revolution, and Canada can play a leading role. Indeed, we must.
By 2050, we must increase our food production by a quarter just to maintain our contribution as the planet’s population swells. We need to grow more for humanity, with less impact on the planet. This can be Canada’s moonshot for 2030 and beyond, if we can harness the imagination and enterprise of Canadians in every sector and geography.
The coming age of disruption, in agriculture and food systems, compelled RBC, BCG’s Centre for Canada’s Future and Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph to take on this project, to help inform and inspire Canadians to see both the urgent need and growing opportunity that will come with more sustainable food systems.
The following report outlines how we can build those systems by:
• Using breakthrough technologies as well as some well-established practices,
• Attracting and training a new generation of farm and food innovators,
• Investing in farmers to develop new economic incentives that reward what they produce as well as what they preserve,
• And boldly declaring to the world that Canadian agriculture can help everyone move more quickly to a world that has solved the climate crisis.
How we grow, process and consume food is not the key cause of our climate crisis. It can be a key solution. And with the right investments, it can become a made-in-Canada, farmed-in-Canada solution for the world.