Climate change proposals put U.S. food supply at risk, says dairy farmer

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A fourth-generation dairy farmer worries that possible climate initiatives could threaten independent farmers and their ability to provide food for the United States.

Several countries have imposed regulations on the agricultural industry, such as limits on nitrogen emissions, which have drawn negative reactions from farmers in these countries. The Biden administration has also signaled that it aims to force changes on industry to address climate change.

“Americans are fueling this lie that climate change is caused by agriculture and climate change won’t get better until farmers and ranchers do better,” said Stephanie Nash, a fourth-generation dairy farmer. , to Fox News.

In 2020 the The EPA has estimated that 11% of total greenhouse gas emissions in the United States came from the agricultural sector, compared to 27% from transportation, 25% from energy and 24% from industry.

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President Biden, in his first speech to Congress, offered to pay farmers grow cover crops, which are planted to cover the ground rather than for harvesting, to reduce carbon dioxide and improve soil health. This too encouraged the Ministry of Agriculture use farm support funding to incentivize on-farm carbon emissions reduction.

More recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a new ESG proposal in March that would require companies to report on the environmental impact of their practices. If enacted, American farmers and ranchers would be vulnerable, as large food-producing corporations might consider buying up small farms or importing animal products for preserve their ESG rating.

Nash worries that efforts to implement green policies around the world will continue to kill off an already struggling agriculture industry, facing rising labor, fuel, seed and fertilizer costs. arrow. She said that institutions like the World Economic Forum scares us with his prediction that by 2050 the world’s population will demand 70% more food than is consumed today and argues for an overhaul of food production to meet this supply.

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Nash Farms is a fourth generation dairy farm located in Tennessee
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“Well, if you keep killing our food supply and our American farmers, yes, we won’t have enough food,” she said.

The Cut Inflation Act introduced last week would spend $369 billion on various climate change initiatives. The bill claims it would reduce carbon emissions by around 40% by 2030, primarily by investing in renewable energy production and practices.

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The Dutch government announced its plan to cut nitrogen emissions by 50% in June, sparking a backlash among the country’s farmers. To achieve its goal, the plan calls for a 30% reduction in the number of Dutch cattle, whose manure produces nitrogen oxide, forcing many farms to close.

Farmers gather with their vehicles next to a border sign between Germany and the Netherlands to protest climate initiatives (Photo by VINCENT JANNINK/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

Farmers gather with their vehicles next to a border sign between Germany and the Netherlands to protest climate initiatives (Photo by VINCENT JANNINK/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)
(VINCENT JANNINK/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

Similarly, the Canadian government has proposed a 30% discount to nitrogen emissions from fertilizers by 2030 as part of a plan to reach net zero over the next three decades, provoking backlash from farmers. And New Zealand has come up with a plan to tax farmers for emissions from the farts and burps of their livestock.

Nash, who said his family moved his century-old dairy farm from California to Tennessee in 2015 due to the Golden State’s restrictive agricultural policies limiting water use, fears the United States will follow suit. by implementing restrictive policies on breeders who are already struggling to stay afloat amid rising production costs and existing regulatory restrictions.

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She said the push from corporations and wealthy people like Bill Gates to move away from animal products to plant-based foods is rooted in misinformation and ulterior motives.

Dutch farmers line up tractors for a national day of protest to demand more respect for their profession.  (AP Photo/Mike Corder)

Dutch farmers line up tractors for a national day of protest to demand more respect for their profession. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)

“They may say this is for the future and they want to feed Americans, but honestly, they’re putting chemically-grown food into our bodies,” she said. Imitation meats like Beyond Meat contain synthetic preservatives and red food coloring #3 which was banned by the FDA for use in cosmetics in 1990, according to the Center for Consumer Freedom.

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Looking ahead, Nash said to watch the 2025 Farm Bill, legislation passed about once every five years, which she says will be used to give the EPA more access and control over farmers. independent.

“There is no backbone in Washington, DC and there are not enough family farmers and ranchers in power to protect us in the United States,” she said.

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