Paul Smith and his associates conduct research, analysis, and communication in the areas of Sustainable Agriculture, Environment, and Public Policy. Thoughtful, in-depth, nuanced analysis of issues and data. Recommendations and conclusions that reflect perspectives beyond the conventional. Examples provided here are from previous work and employment.
Economics of Soil Health Fact Sheets
Fact Sheets - Soils at Guelph
These fact sheets are a summary of the key findings from the report, Towards a Business Case for Soil Health. The report estimated that Ontario farm net
New Soil Health Benchmarks Project – Feb 2023
The Weston Family Soil Health Initiative awards $10 million in funding to support the adoption of soil health improving practices on Canada’s farmlands | Weston Family Foundation
The Weston Family Foundation invests in innovation and learning to deliver measurable impacts to the well-being of Canadians.
10th Anniversary of Idle No More – January 2023
Ten Years Later - Idle No More Movement made history in Canada and Guelph in 2013 - Guelph Museums
In 2013, the Idle No More movement marked a turning point in modern Indigenous history in Canada.
Soil Health Can Improve Crop Yield and Reduce Emissions – December 2022
How Good Soil Health Can Improve Crop Yield and Reduce Carbon Emissions
The Greenbelt Foundation is working with farming communities to promote soil health through practical solutions that yield economic, environmental, and public health benefits.
Calculating soil health returns – September 2022
Calculating soil health returns - Coverage of economics of soil health
Short term costs for long term gains – that’s what a Greenbelt Foundation report says farmers need to consider when it comes to building soil health. Released in early 2022, The Greenbelt’s Towards a business case for soil health report compiled and analyzed field research data from different produ…
Regenerative Soil Practices Help Reduce Weeds – June 2022.
Stories from the Greenbelt: Regenerative Soil Health Practices Help Reduce Weeds
Like taxes, weeds are a fact of life. But what are weeds? They are just plants growing in the wrong place. Growing crops for a living means reducing the impact of weeds that can outcompete your crops by taking the available moisture and nutrients. Weeds and pests can reduce yields, farm income, and…
Recent report: Towards a Business Case for Soil Health
A 2022 report synthesizes knowledge on the economics of soil health practices in southern Ontario.
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