Industrial agriculture is a contributor to many ecological problems, including climate change. Rather than focus on the problem of agriculture, this webinar will discuss the unique and powerful solutions that organic and sustainable agriculture can provide to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, sequester carbon, and improve air and water quality.
You will learn about the microbial and nutrient cycles that characterize healthy soils, and hear a summary of the scientific evidence for the many climate, ecological and health benefits that climate-friendly farming practices can provide. A farmer will describe the techniques used on her farm to improve soil health, as well as the barriers to more widespread adoption of soil health practices on farms and ranches. We will also discuss the trailblazing policies, programs and funding sources in California that incentivize climate-friendly agriculture and soil health improvement.
Given the Trump administration’s expected abdication of responsibility on tackling climate change, subnational action will be critical in the coming years. Together, we will discuss regional efforts to advance soil health and climate-friendly agriculture, and the opportunities for using policy to scale up a transition to sustainable agriculture. California is serving as a beacon for state-level action on climate change, with agriculture as a key strategy to meet the state’s ambitious climate goals. How can this model be replicated and scaled up? What are funders doing to accelerate agricultural climate solutions, and what is their role going forward?
Belinda Morris, program officer – Climate and Land Use, David & Lucile Packard Foundation
Renata Brillinger, executive director, California Climate & Agriculture Network
Marcia DeLonge, agroecologist, Food & Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists