Mr. Speaker, tomorrow is the end of National Composting Week, for which the theme this year is “The Future Starts Here”.
Composting, a natural means of recycling, decomposes and transforms organic matter into humus, a product that can be used to improve soil texture and fertility.
Food, agricultural and gardening waste, and paper, wood, manure and leaves are excellent organic matter for composting.
The Government of Quebec is a leader in this field, having adopted, in 1998, an action plan on the management of residual fertilizers so that by the year 2008 up to 60% of recoverable putrescible matter will be recovered annually.
What explanation can there be for the absence of any reference to composting on Agriculture Canada's website except this government's deplorable lack of sensitivity with respect to the environment, which is clearly demonstrated by its stand on organic farming.