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· Once climate change deniers, the agriculture industry positions itself as part of the solution
· Climate Change Slowed Growth in Agricultural Productivity
Once climate change deniers, the agriculture industry positions itself as part of the solution
Ignacio Calderon, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
via Detroit Free Press - Apr 1, 2021
For decades, the U.S. agriculture industry had staunchly opposed measures to limit climate change.
Lobbying groups, such as the American Farm Bureau Federation, expressed skepticism that humans caused it. And companies, such as Tyson Foods and Smithfield Foods, have been fined millions for environmental violations.
But the industry in recent years has altered its stance on the issue. Riding a wave of shifting public opinion about the reality of climate change, it is staking out a new position as part of the climate solution.
Among the most visible signs of this about-face happened late last year when the Farm Bureau partnered with dozens of other groups, from agriculture organizations to environmental advocates, to announce a new initiative: the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance. The group has proposed 40 new policies, including voluntary incentives and other tools for farmers to address a warming planet...
... Tyler Lobdell, a staff attorney at Food and Water Watch, said digesters aren't all they're cracked up to be because industrialized farms, where animals are confined in large numbers, produce too much manure to be sustainable.
“At best, digesters reduce a small amount of methane emissions,” he said. “It really is quintessential greenwashing.”
About 40-45% of Smithfield’s carbon footprint comes from manure management on farms, according to the company, which is the world’s largest pork producer. In 2017, Smithfield launched a renewables division to cut carbon and advance renewable energy...
... the National Cattlemen's Beef Association lobbied...
... the National Pork Producers Council has consistently opposed...
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Climate Change Slowed Growth in Agricultural Productivity
By Chuck Abbott, Successful Farming
Agriculture.com - 4/2/2021
Global agricultural productivity is 21% lower than it could have been without climate change, according to research published in the journal Nature Climate Change on Thursday. The reduction is the equivalent of losing seven years of the gains recorded in farm productivity since the 1960s, say the researchers.
“It is equivalent to pressing the pause button on productivity growth back in 2013 and experiencing no improvements since then,” said Cornell economist Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, who led the study. “Anthropogenic [human-caused] climate change is already slowing us down.”
The study is one of the first to look at the effects that global warming has already had on agriculture. For their project, scientists and economists developed...