This video is of a panel discussion I partipated in looking at agricultural water policy in the Cariboo and Okanagan regions of British Columbia. The panel discussion was part of a series on agricultural water policy challenges in a changing climate.
Adapting to a changing climate will be one of the key factors to the future success of agriculture. Water conservation in farm settings should start with building the capacity of the land to capture and retain precipitation. Building soil tilth with organics, as well as, using agroforestry methods, are proven tools for water management.
We undervalue the biodiversity that is fundamental to our food supplies. Preserving and culturing diverse production opportunities will lower the risks to agricultural producers and interruptions to global food supplies.
We need to view the climate adaptation strategy holistically and address the fiscal strength of the agriculture sector, and diversify and buffer our production systems.