Invest in Climate Positive Farming to Reduce Harmful Pollutants

Target: United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Goal: Reduce pollutants and advance climate solutions by investing in green farming.

Climate change poses an increasing threat to ranchers and farmers in America — from drought and extreme heat to larger, more frequent, damaging floods. At the same time, these same ranchers and farmers can be a large part of advancing climate solutions. Practices like reducing tillage, improving livestock management, and planting cover crops help to reduce harmful emissions like methane and boost soil health.

Agriculture contributes up to 10% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions,  and engaging with ranchers, farmers, as well as policymakers can help to advance these climate-friendly practices, lowering emissions and increasing resilience. It is vital that citizens and politicians work together to reduce the massive emissions pumped daily into the atmosphere, and that starts with wide-scale policy.

Please, tell the federal government to invest in climate-positive farming today. 

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Vilsack,

Climate change poses an increasing threat to ranchers and farmers — from drought and extreme heat to larger, more frequent, damaging floods. At the same time, through ingenious, incentive-based approaches, all manner of ranchers and farmers can be equipped with the tools they need to improve climate solutions on their lands.

Climate action should prioritize improving the health of the soil to reduce greenhouse gases and increase soil carbon, advance energy efficiency, increase the use of renewable energy on farms, promote both private and public sector tools to utilize climate-friendly practices, and much more. By engaging with the forest owners, farmers, and ranchers of America and providing them with the tools and resources they require, we can reduce climate emissions and promote climate adaptability on farms and ranches throughout rural America.

Please, support policies to help America’s farmers and ranchers and help create sustainable agriculture policies for the 21st century.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Carol M. Highsmith 


One Comment

  1. The act of plowing every year releases tons of carbon. There are better ways to prep soil before planting. Also, if farmers decide to turn their pesticide and man made fertilizer filled land into organic, it will take at least 15 years to accomplish that. The time to start is NOW!

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