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Presidential Candidates Give Air Time to Climate Change and Agriculture

September 18, 2019


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Fourteen months might appear to be an extended ways away, until you’re talking marketing campaign politics. A slew of Democratic challengers to President Trump, in addition to a handful of Republicans, have already been making their case to the general public for months. What makes this cycle notably fascinating for meals and agriculture advocates is the eye that long-ignored subjects – like rural broadband, the farm financial system, and local weather change and agriculture – are lastly getting. Of the farm, meals, and environmental subjects up to now touched on within the debate, local weather change and agriculture has acquired probably the most attention from both candidates and the public.

Though the Nationwide Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) takes no position on candidates or electoral politics, we do strongly consider that farmers have a central position to play in addressing the challenges of a altering local weather.

Producers throughout the country have suffered catastrophic damages to their crops, livestock, and homes in the previous few years alone as a result of elevated climate variability. Our nation’s producers are more and more bearing the brunt of local weather change and excessive climate, but they’re additionally main the charge in adaptation and mitigation efforts. Our nation’s farmers and ranchers have a clear stake in discussions of climate change, and we urge all candidates to ask producers to the desk as these debates continue.

While a few of the Democratic contenders for the very best office have launched more complete climate change platforms than others, almost all candidates are proposing some coverage options targeted on the position of agriculture in responding to climate change. Some candidates concentrate on present packages, just like the Conservation Stewardship Program, while others suggest that new solutions are wanted. Equally, there’s been a slew of consideration in Congress taking a look at these exact same points, together with the Inexperienced New Deal and the just lately introduced Local weather Stewardship Act.

On this publish, we summarize the climate change platforms of the candidates operating for President across several areas: conservation, analysis, greenhouse fuel emissions, renewable power, crop insurance coverage and subsidies, and local and regional meals techniques. This isn’t a comprehensive itemizing of each specific coverage proposal, neither is it an endorsement of 1 platform over another. Nevertheless, it is meant to shed some mild on where every of the candidates stands on the difficulty of local weather change because it relates particularly to agriculture and meals techniques.

This record is present as of the date of this posting, and candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

Senator Michael Bennet (D)

Conservation

  • Help farmers with transitioning to
    voluntary practices that sequester carbon.

Research

  • Spend money on early stage agricultural analysis by way of the creation of a brand new research agency at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) referred to as ARPA – TERRA which would develop new applied sciences, sequester carbon and build economic opportunities for farmers and rural communities.
  • Set up a federal analysis price range for climate related analysis.

Greenhouse Fuel (GHG) Emissions and Renewable Power

  • Develop and spend money on the biofuels market.
  • Help monetary incentives for farmers
    to spend money on the production of zero-emission power.

Local and Regional Foods

  • Present incentives to create local and regional meals methods (together with food processing) that scale back the space food travels, enable smaller producers to set their own costs, and encourage faculties to buy regionally grown produce.

Different

  • Scale back meals waste 75 % by 2030.
  • Launch the 2030 Local weather Challenge, calling on states to deal with the climate disaster in ways in which meet the wants of state assets and inhabitants.

See further coverage platform particulars here.

Senator Joe Biden (D)

Conservation

  • Increase the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) with a purpose to help the farm financial system while still defending the surroundings and sequestering carbon. Permit firms and foundations to offset their emissions by contributing to CSP.

Analysis

  • Spend money on analysis into cellulosic
    ethanol.

GHG Emissions and Renewable Power

  • Pursue a objective to make U.S. farmers the primary on the earth to realize net-zero emissions.
  • Create new alternatives to help the deployment of methane digesters to capture potent climate emissions and generate electricity.

See further policy platform particulars right here.

Senator Cory Booker (D)

Conservation

  • Improve obligatory funding for voluntary agricultural conservation packages just like the Environmental High quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), and CSP by 2024. Direct new funding to practices that handle climate mitigation and resilience.
  • Improve the variety of acres enrolled into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to 40 million acres by 2030 to permit farmers, ranchers, and different personal landowners to interact in “climate-smart” conservation practices.
  • Utilize EQIP to increase enrollment terms for contracts targeted on local weather mitigation practices like soil health, nutrient management, and grazing administration practices, as well as elevated EQIP Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to $200 million per yr.

Research

  • Improve funding for agriculture research that reduces emissions, builds soil health, and sequesters carbon.

Local and Regional Meals

  • Help farmers by means of the Native Agriculture Market Program (LAMP) and Farm and Ranch Stress Help Network with further funding to assist coordinate regional meals enterprises, value-chain coordination and academic and disaster outreach providers.

See further policy platform details right here.

Governor Steve Bullock (D)

Conservation

  • Leverage carbon-reducing cowl crops to improve soil well being.

Research

  • Direct USDA to revitalize federal research in order that farmers and ranchers can minimize prices, increase productivity, and shield and strengthen our shared natural assets.

GHG Emissions and Renewable Power

  • Require every federal company to have a plan to scale back carbon emissions.
  • Work with farmers and ranchers to develop biofuels, and additional incentivize greenhouse fuel reductions. 

See further coverage platform details here. 

Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D)

Conservation

  • Increase funds for EQIP and CSP so that farmers can maximize conservation actions (e.g., to construct soil well being). Scale back limitations that limit access to those packages.

Analysis

  • Make investments $50 billion over 10 years in analysis specializing in soil health, meals security, natural assets, and plant and animal health. Focus increased research investments on decreasing carbon emissions and technologies for monitoring and measuring soil carbon as a part of carbon sequestration efforts.

GHG Emissions and Renewable Power

  • Help insurance policies, like the Renewable Gasoline Standards, and incentives that reward innovations and greatest practices that promote biofuels and rural communities.

Other

  • Set up Resilience Hubs that provide regional climate knowledge so that communities can manage dangers with financial assistance from federal Resilient America Grants.

See further coverage platform details right here.

Julian Castro (D)

Conservation

  • Establish a $50 billion Nationwide Infrastructure Revolving Fund to revive wetlands and forests and improve soil quality, amongst other priorities.
  • Increase CRP and reform EQIP to help voluntary conversion of agricultural lands and improvements to farms to face up to the changing climate.

Different

  • Help environmental justice laws that addresses the disproportionate impacts of climate change on communities of colour.

See further coverage platform particulars here.

Mayor Bill De Blasio (D)

  • No climate or agriculture associated campaign proposals obtainable.

Consultant John Delaney (D)

GHG Emissions and Renewable Power

  • Create “Challenge Grants” to spur improvements to assist scale back emissions from agriculture.

See further policy platform particulars right here.

Consultant Tulsi Gabbard (D)

GHG Emissions and Renewable Power

  • End subsidies to massive fossil gasoline and agribusiness firms, ban offshore drilling, harness innovation to create jobs in renewable power, provide better opportunities for farmers, and guarantee each American has clear air and water.

See further coverage platform particulars here.

Senator Kamala Harris (D)

Conservation

  • Help farmers to implement science-based agricultural conservation practices by 2040.
  • Construct on current USDA packages to incentivize and assist farmers with implementing climate-smart practices.

Other

  • Provide farmers with the technical help and assets they need to scale back emissions and capture carbon, while continuing to supply enough for a growing international inhabitants.

See further policy platform details right here.

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D)

Conservation

  • Broaden
    farm invoice conservation packages.

GHG Emissions and Renewable Power

  • Provide new economic and environmental alternatives in rural America by making the “Increasing Access to Sustainable Power” (EASE) Act regulation. EASE helps rural communities to overcome obstacles to implementing renewable power tasks.

Other

  • Help robust environmental justice packages to help communities most affected by the degradation of natural resource and local weather change.

See further policy platform particulars right here.

Mayor Wayne Messam (D)

  • No local weather or agriculture associated campaign proposals out there.

Beto O’Rourke (D)

Conservation

  • Spend money on grants to farmers and ranchers for climate-related practices, akin to enhancing soil administration and the deployment of digesters.
  • Help conservation of ecosystems and biodiversity that accelerate net-zero emissions by leveraging “natural climate solutions.”

Crop Insurance and Subsidies

  • Broaden the federal crop insurance program to offer extra comprehensive danger management solutions.

GHG Emissions and Renewable Power

  • Improve access to applied sciences and markets that permit farmers and ranchers to revenue from the reductions in greenhouse fuel emissions.

See further coverage platform particulars right here.

Consultant Tim Ryan (D)

Crop Insurance coverage and Subsidies

  • Shift subsidies from highly processed foods to extra fruits, greens, and natural merchandise.
  • Strengthen and broaden security nets for farmers, akin to crop insurance coverage.

Other

  • Help sustainable farming practices, together with native and natural agriculture.

See further coverage platform particulars right here and here.

Senator Bernie Sanders (D)

Conservation

  • Make investments $410 billion in ecologically regenerative and sustainable agriculture by paying farmers to enhance soil health and sequester carbon.
  • Invest $24.8 billion to enhance CSP, ACEP and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to help farmers improve and enhance conservation practices on their farms.
  • Make investments $500 million in CRP to assist farmers transition to natural.

Analysis

  • Invest $1.48 billion in new analysis to
    develop regionally adaptive seeds and farming methods in response to
    altering climates.

GHG Emissions and Renewable Power

  • Decide to a $200 billion Green Climate Fund to help decreasing international emissions and reassert the USA’ management in the international struggle towards climate change.

Local and Regional Foods

  • Incentivize faculties to supply more regionally
    produced meals, invest $14.7 billion in co-operatively owned grocery stores,
    and bolster packages that assist farmers course of and get their produce to
    markets.

Other

  • Transition confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) to ecologically regenerative practices.

See further coverage platform particulars right here and here.

Mark Sanford (R)

  • No local weather or agriculture related campaign proposals obtainable.

Joe Sestak (D)

Crop Insurance coverage and Subsidies

  • Subsidize organic and regenerative farming.

See further coverage platform particulars here.

Tom Steyer (D)

Research

  • Triple federal funding for local weather science, including analysis for agriculture and soil health.

See further policy platform particulars right here.

President Donald Trump (R)   

  • No local weather or agriculture related campaign proposals out there.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D)

Conservation

  • Improve CSP payments from $1 billion to $15 billion.
  • Increase the kinds of conversation practices eligible for CSP funds and add a brand new farmer-based analysis and innovation element.

Analysis

  • Present funding for farmer-led innovations to “decarbonize the agriculture sector, and spend money on land-grant universities and agriculture analysis that does the same.

Local and Regional Foods

  • Improve LAMP’s funding to $500 million a
    yr to help food hubs and rural communities.

Different

  • Maintain agribusinesses accountable for the cost of environmental injury and shut loopholes that permit CAFOs to skirt environmental laws.

See further policy platform details right here.

Joe Walsh (R)

  • No local weather or agriculture associated campaign proposals out there.

Governor Invoice Weld (R)

  • No climate or agriculture related campaign proposals obtainable.

Marianne Williamson (D)

Other

  • Sequester carbon by way of reforestation, enhancing soil quality on farms, and restoring wetlands and peatlands.
  • Promote sustainable agricultural and ranching practices.

See further coverage platform details here.

Andrew Yang (D)

Crop Insurance coverage and Subsidies

  • Improve subsidies by $75 billion over the subsequent 15 years for farms that experiment with new, sustainable methods.

Research

  • Make investments $2 billion in research to advance vertical farming methods.
  • Help drought-resistant crop research.

Different

  • Make investments $285.5 billion in sustainable agricultural, forestry, and land use methods.
  • Incentivize supermarkets to scale back meals waste and supply local meals by offering $300 million in tax credits.

See further policy platform particulars here.

Setting the Table for Climate
Change Conversations

These climate change policy proposals are as various as the candidates themselves. The boldest of the proposals, for instance, recognize that growing local weather variability has the potential to eradicate coastal and rural communities’ lifestyle and call for decisive actions. Other widely-supported proposals embrace attaining net-zero emissions, decarbonizing the financial system, rejoining the Paris Climate Accords, holding polluters accountable, and offering new green jobs via know-how and innovation. Trillions of federal dollars can be focused towards climate change mitigation and adaptation if the local weather and agriculture insurance policies proposed by nearly all of the front-runner candidates have been enacted.

NSAC is pleased to see that most of the current candidates are taking a hard take a look at local weather disruption challenges and how agriculture matches into climate adaptation and mitigation methods. There are various widespread agriculture-related themes rising from the sector together with:

Although NSAC takes no place on candidates or electoral politics, we do firmly help efforts to succeed in out to farmers to work collaboratively on discovering solutions to local weather change-related challenges.


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