SRI Global News: February - April 2024 **sririce -- System of Rice Intensification
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CANADA: How to fight climate change in agriculture while protecting jobs

CANADA: How to fight climate change in agriculture while protecting jobs | SRI Global News: February - April 2024 **sririce -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

In agriculture, climate action usually involves one of two approaches: sustainable intensification to increase agricultural yield while maintaining the ecosystem integrity or agroecological farming to restore agriculture’s ecosystem services. Agroecology includes a mix of social, economic and environmental goals.

Case studies confirm the optimism that the adoption of agroecological principles and practices would feed the growing population in socially, morally and environmentally responsible ways. There are overlaps between sustainable agriculture and agroecology, including climate smart agriculture, conservation agriculture, biodynamic agriculture, organic agriculture and permaculture. One example of the overlap is the “System of Rice Intensification,” which increases yield with lower inputs and lesser environmental damage. Seedlings are planted further apart to allow for robust growth that reduces seed, fertilizer and agrochemical use, and controlled irrigation — instead of conventional flooding — increases water use efficiency and decreases methane emissions.

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Feeding Climate Change: Oxfam calls on food companies to reduce emissions in their supply chains

Feeding Climate Change: Oxfam calls on food companies to reduce emissions in their supply chains | SRI Global News: February - April 2024 **sririce -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

According to the Oxfam report “Feeding Climate Change”, if the Paris Agreement’s goals to reach “net-zero” emissions by 2050 and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is to be reached, more sustainable agricultural practices need to be adopted.The report identifies emissions from farm soils as a major contributor to climate change. For example, methane produced by flooded rice paddies and nitrous oxide from the use of fertilizers are some of the “super-pollutants” produced by farm soils. Together, these soil emissions are as damaging to the environment as those produced by deforestation to create new farmland. Rice, which is the main culprit of the five key crops, has a significant carbon footprint because of the methane emitted by flooded rice paddies and contributes about 1.5 percent of global GHG emissions -- a significant proportion of agricultural emissions. SRI could play a vital role in cutting the massive emissions from rice production while also benefiting small-scale producers. SRI produces more rice with less water, agrochemicals and seeds while producing less GHG emissions than conventional rice production. Oxfam calls for a change in how these crops are produced in a way that supports small-scale farmers and helps to build their resilience to climate shocks. [See Oxfam report]

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To feed the world amid climate change, we need a better way to grow rice | CBC News

To feed the world amid climate change, we need a better way to grow rice | CBC News | SRI Global News: February - April 2024 **sririce -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at a more sustainable way of growing rice and we get straight talk from a young activist at the climate conference in Poland:

Humans have been growing rice for millenniums, so it can seem ignorant to say there's a better way to do it. Yet, for decades, there's been a method that breaks from the norm and claims to do more for farmers and less to hurt the environment. It's called the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) — and climate change may finally drive it mainstream.

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ALSO! See the excellent video that accompanies this article:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/how-do-you-feed-a-world-dealing-with-climate-change-the-question-1.4944105

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