Supporting Sustainability & Creating Opportunity

Complexity and costs continue to rise for Ontario farmers to confirm their sustainability performance amid an increasing number of codes, standards, and verification requirements.

The Sustainable Farm and Food Initiative is an effort to create a system that will simplify the process of meeting sustainability requirements through a whole farm approach.

By building on the strength of the Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) and Growing Your Farm Profits (GYFP), Ontario farmers have a unique opportunity to develop a robust and trusted sustainability initiative.

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By working together to determine equivalencies with both existing and emerging sustainability standards and programs, Ontario commodity groups have the opportunity to proactively meet the growing demand for proof of sustainability from their customers – the food and retail sector.

There is also an emerging opportunity to collaborate with other provinces on a national approach to farm and food sustainability, an important step forward for the Canadian agri-food system.

The Sustainable Farm and Food Initiative is pleased to be working with Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) and the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform to benchmark the Ontario Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) and Growing Your Farm Profits (GYFP) against SAI’s Farm Sustainability Assessment Tool. This is a crucial step in helping to understand where our current sustainability efforts lie and how to build towards the future development of a whole value chain, whole-farm sustainability initiative. Stay tuned for updates on this project.

For a brief overview of SFFI, you can view the printable poster below.