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The “Forming Coalitions” workshop took place at the World Living Soils Forum in the presence of Paul Luu, who is an agronomist specialized in tropical agronomy and the Executive Secretary of the “4 per 1000 Initiative”; Robynne Anderson, President of the consulting firm Emerging Ag Inc.; and Stefania Avanzini, Director of the international coalition OP2B (One Planet Business for Biodiversity). In the heart of a participatory agora, these leaders reflected on how to effectively build the living soils agenda in every sector of society.
Here are the key points to be retained from their exchanges:
✅ Public opinion is beginning to understand the complexity of soil preservation, but we must remain mobilized to include this issue in the political agenda.
✅ In Canada, it is the farmers who have chosen to change their tillage practices to be more respectful of the environment.
✅ The important point is to make farmers understand that they will get the same income by using less fertilizer and crop protection products.
✅ If a farmer stores carbon for the well-being of society, he should be able to be compensated for this positive action.
✅ Nature, human beings, climate, everything is linked. If we improve the life of farmers, we slow down desertification and preserve nutrition.