Agriculture: Key Player in Combatting Climate Change
Our climate is changing. Few will feel the effects more directly than family farmers and ranchers.
Extreme weather will cause more frequent droughts and flooding, alter growing seasons, and shift the timing and impact of pest and weed pressures. At a time when the global population is increasing—to an estimated nearly 10 billion by 2050—climate change threatens farmers’ ability to grow food in a productive and environmentally sustainable way.
Yet at the same time, these stewards of the land can be part of the solution. The land under their management holds great promise to combat climate change and create resilience to it.
Conserving farmland “by the acre” and soil “by the inch,” as AFT has long advocated, is a powerful strategy for reducing greenhouse gases and improving productivity. With pioneering research, innovative tools, and aggressive advocacy, AFT is helping farmers, ranchers, and landowners play a unique role in reducing the growing threat of climate change while increasing food production, improving soil health, and protecting farmland for future generations.