Agriculture provides food, fiber, fuels and jobs. By increasing efficiency, “climate-smart” agricultural practices reduce the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from farming, without reducing the productivity of agriculture. These include methane (from livestock and rice cultivation), nitrous oxide (from fertilizers), and carbon-dioxide (from the loss of soil carbon). The Climate and Land Use Alliance aims to improve the environmental performance of agriculture, while also ensuring a thriving agriculture and food system that meets nutrition, employment, and economic development needs.
The Alliance is supporting work to create a model system within the United States for the inclusion of high-quality agricultural GHG emission reductions and carbon sequestration in federal and state policies. The Alliance supports work to increase the incentives for improved environmental performance of agriculture through policy advocacy and by supporting the efforts of companies that purchase agricultural products to encourage emission reductions on the farm and throughout the supply chain. This includes work to ensure that high-quality methodologies for quantifying GHG emission reductions are developed, promoted, and eventually incorporated into policy.
The Alliance’s United States Agricultural Initiative helps support work to: