Produce More, Emit Less: Strategies to Reduce Nitrous Oxide Emissions From Crop Production

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Produce More, Emit Less: Strategies to Reduce Nitrous Oxide Emissions From Crop Production

Canada is committed to reducing Nitrous Oxide (N2O) emissions by 30% from 2020 levels by 2030, with the ultimate goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050. However, achieving these targets raises concerns about the potential impact on the cost and competitiveness of Canadian agri-food products in the global market. This prompts the question of whether it is possible to meet both the objectives of feeding food for Canadians and the growing global population while simultaneously reducing emissions.

In our Special Speaker Series, we will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with reducing N2O emissions in Canada’s diverse crop production sector. Our panel of experts will provide valuable insights into various mitigation strategies and best management practices (BMPs) for N2O reduction, taking into account the diverse farming practices across different regions. We will assess the effectiveness of these strategies, which can vary depending on factors such as weather conditions, soil types, and farming techniques, making it difficult to precisely quantify the extent of N2O reduction. Another hurdle lies in the economic viability of emission reduction measures, as it directly impacts their adoption on farms.

Our discussion will delve into innovative research, technological advancements, and practical solutions that can help overcome these challenges. We will explore how this research can be utilized to inform the policy landscape surrounding N2O emission reduction, including the latest regulatory frameworks, government initiatives, and incentives aimed at promoting sustainable agricultural practices and mitigating emissions. Join us to gain a comprehensive understanding of the latest research and technological advancements in carbon management within Canada’s agriculture sector.


  • Dr. Mario Tenuta, Senior Industrial Research Chair in 4R Nutrient Management and Professor (Soil Ecology), University of Manitoba
  • Dr. Reynald Lemke, Research Scientist- Soil & Environmental quality at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Dr. David Pelster, Research Scientist- Improving Nitrogen fertilizer efficiency and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from farm systems- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


  • Brandy Yanchyk, Independent documentary filmmaker and journalist

The Simpson Centre mobilizes research for better policymaking and decision-making to realize a more sustainable agricultural industry. Strengthening the sustainability of agri-food and agribusiness means increasing food production to feed a growing global population, while attending to social and health impacts and the natural environment. We connect researchers, everyday people, industry stakeholders and government actors to scientific issues critical to the future of Canada’s agricultural and food system.

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