Canada Urges Farmers to Cut Fertilizer Emissions, Drawing Backlash

TORONTO—Canada is urging farmers to reduce fertilizer emissions to curb greenhouse gases, triggering a backlash from farmers and concerns amid global food shortages.

The government of Justin Trudeau is proposing a 30% reduction by 2030 from 2020 levels in emissions from fertilizer as part of a plan to reduce greenhouse gases. Some farmers say that the plan could force them to use less fertilizer and reduce crop yields, which would impair Canada’s ability to ease a global food crisis triggered by the war in Ukraine.

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