Challenges such as uncertainty and unpredictable weather have always been a part of farming. However, as the impact of climate change increases, so are the challenges being faced by farmers. Extreme weather and variability, drought, flooding, wildfire and pests are all factors which are becoming more commonplace every year and causing significant damage and loss.
Through the use of practices which promote carbon sequestration, lowered greenhouse gas emissions and improved biodiversity, in many ways organic agriculture is already taking steps and leading the way in mitigating negative impacts of climate change.
The following resources offer research, strategies and tools for continuing to reduce emissions, lower impacts and adapt to change.
BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative (CAI)
The CAI develops tools and resources to enhance BC agriculture’s ability to adapt to climate change.
BC Government: Climate Action for Agriculture
Takings steps to adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) within BC’s agriculture sector.
BC Agriculture Climate Change: Adaptation Risk & Opportunity Assessment (Provincial Report)
The report provides a high level overview of the implications of climate change for the BC agriculture sector, including the key areas of risk and opportunity and the factors that will influence the industry’s ability to adapt and thrive.
BC Institute of Agrologists: Climate Change Resources
A list of resources including webinars, projects and publications.
Strengthening BC’s Agriculture Sector in the Face of Climate Change (Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions)
Building on findings from the Provincial Report, this assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of potential climate change impacts, risks and opportunities for agriculture provincially, based on perspectives gathered from agricultural producers and specialists.
BC Agriculture Climate Adaptation Research Network (ACARN)
ACARN facilitates collaboration between agricultural researchers, industry specialists, policy-makers, students and producers from across the province.
Farmer-led campaign to make agriculture part of the solution to climate change.
Climate Change Mitigation Opportunities (FarmFolk CityFolk)
Canadian and BC perspectives towards climate change mitigation in Canadian agriculture and food systems.
Climate Change and Agriculture – Tackling the farm crisis and the climate crisis
National Farmers’ Union Report
Climate Atlas of Canada: Agriculture & Climate Change
Learn more about how crops and livestock will be affected, and how farms and farmers can rise to the challenge of climate change.
Ecology & Environmental Effects of Organic Agriculture (OACC)
The Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC) provides resources on the ecological and environmental impact of organic agriculture, including topics on climate change.
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (AAFC): Climate Change & Agriculture
Greenhouse gases, climate change scenarios, and weather effects on agriculture.
Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA): Environmental Sustainability & Climate Change
Canadian agricultural sustainability and recommendations for building an adaptive and resilient sector.
Toward a Resilient Canadian Agriculture & Agri-Food System (House of Commons)
Report and recommendations for adapting to climate change from the Standing Committee on Agriculture & Agri-Food.
American non-profit with the mission to use rigorous, independent science to solve the planet’s most pressing problems, including climate change and agriculture.
Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
FAO supports countries to both mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change through a wide range of research-based and practical programmes and projects.
The Integrated Climate Action for BC Communities Initiative (ICABCCI)
The ICABCCI produces action-oriented research that supports local governments in adopting effective and streamlined approaches to climate actions that maximize the impact of limited resources, and protect both human and natural systems.
Reducing carbon pollution and preparing for climate change impacts while creating opportunities for British Columbians.
Government of Canada: Climate Change
Canada’s action, climate future, partnerships, adaptation, health, science, emissions reporting.
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Informing Canadians about protecting and conserving our natural heritage, and ensuring a clean, safe and sustainable environment for present and future generations.
United Nations: Climate Action
Bringing together all nations and peoples in order to tackle the global climate emergency.