Tell the USDA to Support Regenerative Agriculture
In March, the U.S. The Department of Agriculture requested public input on how to best implement President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) worked with a diverse group of influential stakeholders through its Regenerative Agriculture and Justice working group to develop a set of recommendations on how the USDA can best achieve its climate goals.
ASBC sent the letter to the USDA in April with over 200 signatories. But as ASBC and partners continue to use this letter to engage the USDA and other policymakers, its not to read and sign on to this letter to join the growing list of businesses, advocates, and frontline groups calling on the USDA to advance a more just and regenerative food and agricultural system to address the climate crisis.
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Over the past six months, a broad coalition of stakeholders collaborated through the Regenerative Agriculture and Justice Working Group of the American Sustainable Business Council to develop a response to the USDA’s Request for Public Comment on the Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.
To build a food and agricultural system that is truly resilient and able to combat the climate crisis, the USDA will need to advance broad holistic approaches to farming like regenerative agriculture and agroecology while centering justice and equity.
The USDA’s current proposals to pursue climate-smart agriculture through the carbon market and carbon banks schemes could face several limitations and lead to unjust outcomes:
- Carbon market and bank proposals should not be promoted as an alternative to adequate regulation of polluters, especially in environmental justice communities
- Carbon markets/banks risk benefiting larger-scale producers more than small-scale, diversified, BIPOC, and young and beginning farmers, and thus could further consolidate land and market control
- Instead of focusing on limited and potentially inequitable carbon credit schemes, USDA programs should take a holistic total impact approach that considers broader ecosystem services, the impacts of production throughout the agricultural value web, and equity
As such, in our full letter, which you can access here, we call on the USDA to pursue a variety of policy solutions that will address the climate crisis in a more holistic and effective manner.
ASBC and the undersigned businesses, advocates, and frontline groups stand ready to work with USDA to achieve our shared goals rooted in economic, social and environmental prosperity, and justice.