Perhaps the most underappreciated aspect of California farming is how our growers protect the planet by keeping land in production – in other words, from being developed. Without farmers, there would be more land paved over, more traffic and the resulting increase in greenhouse gas emissions.
The State of California has recognized this. And the potential for farmland to mitigate carbon emissions is vast. Farmland and fighting climate change are linked.
As this article in Yale Climate Connections shows, we need to do everything we can to keep farms in business.”
It is estimated that that farmland loss is occurring at an alarming 175 acres per hour . . . when farmland is lost to development, it’s not only a problem for agriculture. It can also hinder climate action.