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On a Thursday afternoon last May, Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau logged into a virtual meeting with Karen Proud, CEO of Fertilizer Canada, an organization representing Canada's $23-billion fertilizer industry. The meeting, also attended by assistant deputy minister Tom Rosser and special adviser on agriculture and climate change Javier Gracia-Garza, was poised to be delicate. A few months earlier, in December 2020, the government had challenged Bibeau's ministry to reduce emissions from artificial nitrogen fertilizers by 30 per cent by 2030. Nitrogen...

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