Biden Says He ‘Will Ensure Our Agricultural Sector is the First in the World to Achieve Net-Zero Emissions’

By CNSNews.com Staff | August 3, 2020 | 4:31pm EDT
(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Former Vice President Joe Biden is vowing that as president he will make sure that America’s “agricultural sector is the first in the world to achieve net-zero emissions.”

The promise is part of the “The Biden Plan for Rural America” that Biden has published on his campaign website.

“Toward this end, the Biden Administration will dramatically expand and fortify the pioneering Conservation Stewardship Program, created by former Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Tom Harkin, to support farm income through payments based on farmers’ practices to protect the environment, including carbon sequestration,” says Biden’s website.

“In addition to seeking full federal funding for the program, the Biden Administration will ensure the program can participate in carbon markets,” it says.

“Corporations, individuals, and foundations interested in promoting greenhouse gas reductions could offset their emissions by contributing to Conservation Stewardship Program payments to farmers for those sequestering carbon — for example, through cover crops,” says this Biden plan.

“This will not only help combat climate change, which Vice President Biden has called an existential threat, but also create additional revenue sources for farmers at a time when many are struggling to make ends meet,” it says.

Here is what Biden’s campaign says about his plan to make the U.S. agricultural sector “the first in the world to achieve net-zero emissions:”

"Partnering with farmers to make American agriculture first in the world to achieve net-zero emissions, giving farmers new sources of income in the process. Many farmers are some of the best stewards of our land, air, and water. The government needs to partner with them to accelerate progress toward net-zero emissions. As president, Biden will ensure our agricultural sector is the first in the world to achieve net-zero emissions, and that our farmers earn income as we meet this milestone. Toward this end, the Biden Administration will dramatically expand and fortify the pioneering Conservation Stewardship Program, created by former Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Tom Harkin, to support farm income through payments based on farmers’ practices to protect the environment, including carbon sequestration. In addition to seeking full federal funding for the program, the Biden Administration will ensure the program can participate in carbon markets. Corporations, individuals, and foundations interested in promoting greenhouse gas reductions could offset their emissions by contributing to Conservation Stewardship Program payments to farmers for those sequestering carbon — for example, through cover crops. This will not only help combat climate change, which Vice President Biden has called an existential threat, but also create additional revenue sources for farmers at a time when many are struggling to make ends meet. And, this approach will create a whole series of new businesses that survey, measure, certify, and quantify conservation results. In addition, the Biden Plan will make a significant investment in research to refine practices to build soil carbon while maximizing farm and ranch productivity. Soil is the next frontier for storing carbon."

 

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