September 29, 2019

Agriculture and Climate Change Policies

Making ag a part of new climate change policies

Lawmakers are reaching out to agricultural producers for input on new policies for sustainable food production. On Sept. 5, The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis launched a formal request for information from stakeholders as it drafts policy recommendations for Congress.

The committee is asking experts in agriculture to weigh in on two topics:

  • What policies should Congress adopt to reduce carbon pollution and other greenhouse gas emissions and maximize carbon storage in agriculture?
  • What policies should Congress adopt to help farmers, ranchers, and natural resource managers adapt to the impacts of climate change?

The committee’s goal is to put policies in place to help limit global warming to no more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. To achieve this, global net carbon pollution must fall by roughly 45% below 2010 levels by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050.

“To meet this aggressive goal, the U.S. government needs to lead an ambitious transition to clean energy and resilience that puts Americans to work, builds a just economy, unleashes American ingenuity, and prepares communities for the impacts of climate change,” writes the committee.

The full formal request can be viewed here.