Source: Smart Growth Resource Library

Agriculture and Climate Change

The American Farmland Trust (AFT) maintains a webpage on ''Agriculture's Role in Curbing Climate Change,'' which details AFT's Climate Change Campaign. As stewards of over half the land and water resources in America, farmers and ranchers must be involved in the development of climate change solutions.

U.S. agriculture can help reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions by adopting new practices and technologies and by producing low-carbon renewable energy. Studies indicate that changes in agriculture practices, paired with the foresting of marginal agricultural lands, could offset up to one-fifth of current U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

However, agricultural sequestration currently offsets less than one percent of total U.S. emissions. In the absence of a national carbon program coupled with policies that encourage and reward agricultural participants, we are missing a significant opportunity to reduce the effects of climate change through agriculture.

AFT will encourage smart growth decisions that protect farmland, which can play a critical role in decreasing the threats of climate change. Building off urban growth legislation in California, AFT will continue to advocate for the farmland and reduced vehicle travel in order to protect wildlife habitat and improve the environment.

Read more at the resource link below.



Kathleen Pagan, AICP, Sr. Planner