Letter: Natalie Pien, Leesburg

Editor: With recent storms, flooded homes, and the threat of hurricanes occurring on a regular basis, plus unprecedented wildfires in California and Oregon, extreme weather events are in the news on a regular basis. While loss of property is a huge consequence, the impact of extreme weather events on our food supply is not that well known. Spring 2019 floods in the Mid-West devastated farmers and affected food prices and food supply.

Traditional agricultural practices exacerbate climate change by emitting greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.The U.S. EPA calculated that 9.9% of 2018 greenhouse gas emissions was from agriculture. Sustainable, regenerative agriculture, on the other hand, rebuilds soil organic matter and restores soil biodiversity so thatgreenhouse gases are withdrawn from the atmosphere and stored in the soil.Regenerative agriculture, unlike traditional agriculture, can be part of the solution to climate change.

Bipartisan legislation, the Growing Climate Solutions Act (H.R. 7393, S. 3894), sponsored by Virginia’s own U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA-7), supporting sustainable, regenerative agriculture, ismoving forward in Congress.In addition to ensuring that agriculture is part of the solution to climate change, it will also generate revenue from carbon markets and incentivize farmers to adopt nature-based greenhouse gas reduction practices.Specifically, the bill instructs the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to create clear standards for carbon credit markets. In addition, it also will provide technical expertise to help farmers access the lucrative carbon credit markets to get paid for the emissions they reduce and the carbon they sequester.

Passage of the Growing Climate Solutions Act will help protect food security while also ensuring farms can thrive for years to come. Contact your member of Congress to support Abigail Spanberger’s Growing Climate Solutions Act.

Natalie Pien, Leesburg

2 thoughts on “Letter: Natalie Pien, Leesburg

  • 2020-09-11 at 9:47 pm

    We burn food for fuel.
    This is done because of government-issued mandates.

    If that’s not a sure sign of a doomed civilization, I don’t know what is.

  • 2020-09-13 at 10:29 am

    I have to agree with a lot of what is in this note but the exceptions speak loudly.

    1. carbon credit games protect the inefficient producer of carbon not the environment.

    2. Midwest flooding would be significantly reduced is the army core of engineers removed the sediment and established channels for excess seasonal water to be routed where water is needed (example – West Texas and Arizona to support algae farms which sustainably produce oil) instead of building walls on the sides of the rivers.

    3. Why are there ANY restrictions or subsidies on whatever anyone wants to grow on the land they own or control? Are we so stupid that we can’t appreciate the efficiency of supply and demand so we now depend on someone in the legislature of any state or even DC to decide with a neutral and intelligent viewpoint. (you have heard of campaign contributions I assume).


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