Organic Climate Solutions Organic Council of Ontario

About the Campaign

Canadian farmers have always had an important job that is challenging and risky but ultimately rewarding. With the current climate crisis expected to make weather conditions more unpredictable and extreme, farmers and their livelihood are posed to suffer as a result if we maintain the status quo. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Farmers have the resources and the skills needed to become climate solution leaders, pulling excess carbon out of the atmosphere while making a respectable living in the process.  

The answer is right under our feet, recent research has found that taking care of our soil will increase biodiversity, clean water and air supplies, capture carbon, prevent soil erosion and improve crop health to make plants more resilient in times of floods and drought, all while improving farm profit margins. This is the goal of the Regenerative and Organic Agricultural movement, a suite of alternative farming practices that can be employed to help rebuild soil health. 

Climate change is already starting to have an effect on farming, with the world’s agricultural production already sitting at 21% lower than it would have been if climate change had never happened, representing lost revenue for farmers and threatening food security. It is necessary to adapt and rethink our current food production systems in a way that is beneficial to all. 

Through this project, OCO wants to increase Ontario farmers’ exposure and access to evidence-based information on the effects that farming practices have on the climate, and steps each farm can take to reduce on-farm emissions, rebuild soil health, and become the champions of the climate solution.


This campaign is funded in part by the Government of Canada. In May 2021, the Organic Council of Ontario was awarded $105,406 in funding from the Government of Canada through the Climate Action and Awareness Fund (CAAF).

The CAAF was established in September 2020, with donations from the current Climate Action Fund (CAF) and substantial investment from the Environmental Damages Fund. CAF has awarded $3 million a year to promote new ideas since 2018.