SACRAMENTO — Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME-1) recently introduced the Agriculture Resilience Act (H.R. 5861), which addresses the role of agriculture in combating climate change with a comprehensive suite of practical, science-based, farmer-driven policy solutions. The California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN), a coalition of the state’s leading sustainable agriculture and farmer allies, endorses this bill and commends Rep. Pingree’s leadership.
“Agriculture has so much to offer—and much at stake—when it comes to turning our farms into carbon sinks and making our food system more secure,” said Jeanne Merrill, CalCAN Policy Director. “The Agriculture Resilience Act will provide the resources needed to turn agricultural solutions to climate change into wins for farmers, our health and the environment.”
Importantly, the Agriculture Resilience Act sets out a national goal for agriculture sector of net zero emissions by no later than 2040, as well as a number of strategies to achieve it by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, sequestering carbon, increasing on-farm renewable energy and reducing food waste. The bill takes a comprehensive approach to the food and farming system and would make investments in a suite of interrelated programs to fund research, technical assistance, financial incentives, farmland conservation, and ensure farm viability.
CalCAN is also glad to see that key tenets of this bill are fully in line with the recommendations of a recent climate report, Agriculture and Climate Change: Policy Imperatives and Opportunities to Help Producers Meet the Challenge, that CalCAN helped develop through our membership in the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.
“Farmers across the country—already struggling to stay in business—are dealing with new climate-related challenges such as weirder weather, new pests, floods, wildfires, and hotter and drier conditions,” said George Davis of Porter Creek Winery in Healdsburg, and Vice-President of the National Farmers Union. “This bill lays out a much-needed and long overdue plan for supporting farmers and ranchers in the face of climate change.”
California Climate & Agriculture Network (CalCAN) is a coalition of the state’s leading sustainable agriculture and farmer allies. Since 2009, CalCAN has cultivated farmer leadership to face the challenges of climate change and to serve as the sustainable agriculture voice on climate change policy in California.
For more information on CalCAN: http://calclimateag.
–California Climate & Agriculture Network (CalCAN)
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