The new regulations governing tree planting in BC’s Agricultural Land Reserve finds the right balance between conservation and food security.
Agriculture and Agri-food Canada’s (AAFC) decision last week to axe its long-running shelterbelt program, is not only a set-back for agroforestry in Canada, but could also have severe short and long-term implications for the sustainability of Prairie agriculture.
The low adoption rate of agroforestry practices on public lands can be attribed to the lack of agroforestry tenures and the prevailing land use philosophy of managing conflicts, not integrating activities to create positive outcomes.
Natural resource management policy debates are increasingly an advocacy-driven process that leaves out producers reluctant to embrace social media.
Continually characterizing agroforestry as novel seems like politico-speak for “we’ve ignored this issue along time and so we’re going to pretend we just discovered it.” It’s time to move past talk and more substantively into action. We need leaders – political, academic and industry – who will understand and vocalize agroforestry as a land use for the NOW and not just the future.