Carbon Goal Will Create Undue Hardships For Farmers, Congressman Says


Rhonda Brooks, Dairy Herd Management

July 28, 2020


The goal for the U.S. to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, as it currently is proposed, will create undue hardships for rural Americans and, specifically, farmers, according to U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA, 8th District).


Scott, who is a member of both the House Ag Committee and the House Committee on Armed Services, shared his opinions on the goal during last week’s agriculture subcommittee hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives. The hearing was a result of the proposal, which was announced by House Democrats on June 30.


“The first thing that we need to understand is that the people that are driving the agenda on the left, the Environmental Defense Fund and others, do not like production agriculture,” Scott told AgriTalk Host Chip Flory on Tuesday. “If they had their way, everything would be small organic farms.”


Scott noted that one Georgia farmer who was part of the hearing last week does use organic production practices, which Scott said usually results in higher priced food products.


“I would tell the American citizens that he sells a small chicken for $20.99 on his website and four dozen eggs for $30,” Scott said. “There's a certain segment of America that is extremely wealthy and is capable of paying those prices. But if you want to walk into the grocery store and buy a rotisserie chicken for $6, then you need to understand the end result of these environmental policies that they want to apply to the farm is the end of that $6 rotisserie chicken.”


Flory interjected that he believes organic farming enterprises are viable options today in some scenarios. “If consumers want to buy the products, and producers can fill the demand and make a premium, good for them,” he said.


Flory added that his challenge is, “I don’t see how organic and sustainability go together—not a $20 chicken.”


Scott replied that he is keenly focused on profitability...