Global Centre for
Regenerative
Agriculture

Turning an Economic and Climate Crisis into an Opportunity.

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What Will Our Plan Do?

In the midst of all the challenges Canada is facing right now - economic, climate and food security – what if farmers and clean technology teamed up to solve all 3 at once?

Terramera’s Global Centre for Regenerative Agriculture makes that possible, creating 2.5M new jobs, generating $8.7T for the economy and pulling 78 Gigatonnes of CO2e out of the atmosphere by 2050.

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What is Regenerative Agriculture?

A set of tools and practices that pulls carbon from the air and transfers it underground—storing carbon and improving soil health with each growing season. Regenerative practices have been found to boost farmer profitability by up to 78%.

Many farmers are already practicing regenerative techniques like no-till and cover crops. The Global Centre for Regenerative Agriculture creates a way for farmers to earn money from a full range of practices that are better for crops, plant health and the environment.

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Bringing together farmers and clean technology to turn economic and climate crises into opportunities.

A MESSAGE FROM THE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF AGRICULTURE

"As outlined in our Producing Prosperity plan, Canada needs a strategy that recognizes agriculture's centrality to our nation's climate, health and economy. We've outlined policies to ensure farmers remain profitable, can compete in global agri-food markets and provide affordable food for Canadians. The Global Centre for Regenerative Agriculture is an exciting proposal that can help turn these policies into action.  Their work aims to bridge the divide between traditional and regenerative approaches in agriculture. Because, as the Terramerra team puts it, the divide doesn’t matter – data does. Using novel technologies to measure the GHG sequestration and reductions resulting from best management practices (BMPs) is key to ensuring that farmers’ efforts are recognized.

Across Canada, these BMPs are on the cusp of being awarded credits under Canada’s Carbon Offset System. Measuring reductions with precision monitoring will help ensure that farms are credited for the reductions they make every year. This financial benefit also has potential to help more farms than ever adopt the technology they desire to reduce emissions even further."

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ECONOMIC

Impacts on the Economy and COVID-19

More than 10M Canadians are still out of work and businesses are still grappling with the uncertainty of COVID-19. The Global Centre for Regenerative Agriculture creates 2.5M jobs and generates $8.7T for the economy by building an economic engine around two key industries – agriculture and technology -- creating high-tech jobs, pioneering rural development and improving rural connectivity. By using the model of the tiny but highly efficient Netherlands, we can boost our exports and jobs per acre by 155-times.

CLIMATE CRISIS

Pushing Back on Climate Change

Canada is experiencing extreme weather events, faster rising temps than the global average, arctic sea ice melt and changing precipitation patterns. With this plan, farmers can now play the most important role in solving the climate crisis. By incentivizing regenerative farming practices that improve soil health with each growing season, boost yields and profits, decrease risk and sequester carbon in the soil, the Global Centre for Regenerative Agriculture can help farmers pull 78 Gigatonnes of CO2e out of the atmosphere and get Canada to net zero emissions by 2050.

FOOD SECURITY

Tackling the Increasing Food Shortages

1 in 7 Canadians report food insecurity in the last 30 days – and 1 in 5 for households with children. Canada will welcome an additional 10M people by 2050. The Global Centre for Regenerative Agriculture will help improve soil health, farm productivity and resilience, leading Canada to food security and global innovation while supporting farm to table and local food sustainability. To achieve this, Canada can leverage its world-leading cleantech cluster in BC.

"Mounting research shows us that carbon in the atmosphere is bad while carbon in the soil is good. We're creating a system to pay farmers for getting carbon where it should be."

- CEO, Karn Manhas

PROOF POINT

Canada vs the Netherlands

Canada has 155-times less exports per acre of farmland than the Netherlands.

  • 2,500,000
    Acres

    of farmland

  • $130 Billion

    farmland in Agriculture/Agri-Food Exports?

  • 52,000/Acre

    farmland in Agriculture/
    Agri-Food Economic Activity

  • ~750,000 Jobs

    in Agriculture/Agri-Food

  • 1 Job Per
    3 Acres

    of farmland

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  • 160,000,000
    Acres

    of farmland

  • $56 Billion

    farmland in Agriculture/Agri-Food Exports?

  • $335/Acre

    farmland in Agriculture/
    Agri-Food Economic Activity

  • ~2,300,000 Jobs

    in Agriculture/Agri-Food

  • 1 Job Per
    70 Acres

    of farmland

Potential for $8.7 Trillion in new economic value from Canadian farmland by reaching Dutch efficiency levels. At just 10% of the Netherlands’ jobs per acre, Canada could add 2,570,400 new jobs (over 2x increase), building local & rural economies.

We need the intersection of the best in agriculture with the best in technology and research to understand and mitigate the impact of climate change. This proposal brings together the best minds to address some of the hardest problems facing us. I enthusiastically support this proposal, and look forward to collaborating with the amazing team!

Dr. Ranveer Chandra - Microsoft Azure Global

Chief Scientist

Canada needs a bold and ambitious strategy for growth and renewal – a plan that creates well-paying jobs, drives investment and unlocks Canada’s productive potential. Our agricultural products and world-class producers are a source of comparative advantage and we should strengthen their ability to feed the world. The Global Centre for Regenerative Agriculture is a great example of the important role Canadian innovation can play in helping the country build a stronger, greener and more resilient economy.

Goldy Hyder - Business Council of Canada

President and CEO

The pandemic has resulted in the massive need for revenue to support the scope of government program spending to keep us healthy personally and economically while protecting those that are most vulnerable. At the same time the world faces the ongoing threat of climate change, food security and rapid technology disruption that we can leverage to be a solution provider resulting in innovation and a job rich recovery.  The Global Centre for Regenerative Agriculture enables Canada to play to our strengths, marrying our research, talent and technology strengths to the challenges of climate and food production to ensure we scale sustainable companies and their solutions for the world.

Greg D’Avignon - Business Council of British Columbia

President and CEO

Bold and courageous innovation policy inspires innovators to find solutions to our most urgent global issues, like climate change. The Digital Technology Supercluster’s model of collaborative innovation is evidence of how transformational ideas like this can both be developed in Canada by Canadian companies and thrive to deliver results that benefit Canadians and the world.

Sue Paish - Digital Technology Supercluster

CEO

Canada has the opportunity to be a global leader in developing the science and policy required for operationalizing truly regenerative agriculture. The proposal that Terramera has developed provides a clear pathway for developing this leadership.

Sean Smukler - The University of British Columbia

PhD Associate Professor
Chair of Agriculture and Environment Associate
Dean of Graduate and Post Graduate Studies

The Board of OpenGeoHub is pleased to offer its support and encouragement for a proposal produced jointly by Terramera, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Microsoft to create and maintain a Global Centre for Regenerative Agriculture in BC Canada.

Dr. Tomislav Hengl, Dr. Ishani Wheeler, Dr. Robert MacMillan - The Board of OpenGeoHub

Regenerative agriculture is the next major step required for Canadian Agriculture to meet the societal demand of providing secure long-term food production while having net negative carbon emissions.

Preston Sorenson - The University of Saskatchewan

Ph.D., P.Ag, Postdoctoral Fellow

Canada has the potential to lead the world in better management of soil organic carbon through effective regenerative agricultural practices. The proposal Terramera developed truly shows the direction towards such shifts in agriculture. I strongly support their effort and sincerely hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with them.

Siddhartho S. Paul - Dalhousie University

PhD Postdoctoral fellow

I am highly supportive of the initiative put forth by Terramera and I believe that they have the potential to address many of these challenges that I have identified outdated and ineffective soil survey mapping practices.

Dr. Brandon Heung - Dalhousie University

Assistant Professor Co-Chair, Faculty of Agriculture
Canadian Digital Soil Mapping
Working Group Soil-Landscapes Analysis & Modelling Lab Secretary
Pedology Committee Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences
Canadian Society of Soil Science

Given the diversity of Canada’s crop production, soils, and environmental conditions, coupled with the support from industry and our scientific expertise we can be a global leader in developing the science and policy required for operationalizing truly regenerative agriculture. I enthusiastically support this Terramera’s effort and hope to collaborate on this project.

Dr. Asim Biswas - University of Guelph

Associate Professor School of Environmental Sciences

Humanity uses 50% of the habitable land on the planet for agriculture.  Advances in understanding and incentivizing soil regeneration can effectively turn that huge surface area into a carbon sponge that addresses our 1T ton CO2 excess while creating a more resilient, nutritious, and profitable food system.

Tom Chi- Founder of At One Ventures


Chairman of the Buckminster Fuller Institute
Co-founder of Google X
Global Advisor on Rapid Prototyping