Food security needs to be part of carbon conversation

The president of the National Association of Wheat Growers is cautioning Congress to be mindful of food security when creating carbon market standards.

Michigan farmer Dave Milligan testified before last week’s House Ag Committee hearing about grower concerns on the emerging sector.

“I think there is some possibility that this could become a problem to food security if some of these programs I hear out there would be forcing reduced production,” he says. 

Callie Eideberg with the Environmental Defense Fund countered incentivized practices are likely to provide long-term benefits for farmers.

“Increasing soil fertility both brings up a farmer’s yield, especially over time and decreases the negative impacts to the environment,” she says.

Milligan urged the committee to support voluntary efforts based on science and said if carbon is sequestered at the farm, the farmer needs to see most of the funding the industry creates which could be guided by USDA standards.

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