Carbon Footprint of Pork Production in Quebec
Pork producers have the means to respond to the environmental and social issues associated with their production activities. These issues concern the quality of the air, water and soil; and consequently the quality of life in rural areas and citizens' overall health.
Pork producers therefore accepted the responsibility for dealing with these challenges and introduced an agri-environmental plan for pork businesses in 1997.
This agri-environmental plan enabled them to assess the status of production practices that have an impact on the environment, to determine the priorities for action, to develop intervention plans based on farm priorities and to monitor how the adoption best practices or effective technologies progresses.
It is recognized that in order to accelerate the adoption by agricultural producers of a new practice or a new technology, introducing activities in successive stages has often proved necessary and useful.
Thus the FPPQ got actively involved in implementing the following stages, namely:
- Research and technology transfer
- Knowledge transfer:
- Tools for increasing awareness and for information purposes (fact sheets and technical guides)
- Sites to demonstrate best practices or high-performance technologies
- Training programs for agricultural advisors
- Training programs for producers
- Dissemination and communication of best practices or technologies to pork producers and other clients
- Activities to support the implementation of practices or technologies by pork producers.