We have more tools at our disposal for tackling climate change than we often realize. In agriculture, farmers can develop and implement practices that sequester carbon, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and employ low-input methods. These and other approaches can contribute to solving climate change, as well as promoting sustainable livelihoods for farm families.
In a recent House committee meeting, Representative Harris (R-MD) justified a measure that would defund the USDA’s protection of poultry farmers, by citing a few strikingly odd facts - and claimed that 94% of growers re-sign their contracts every year, so 94% of growers must be happy. Interesting logic!
On Sunday, the New York Times ran a column by Nicholas Kristof that featured two poultry farmers that our staff has gotten to know well, Mike Weaver and Eric Hedrick. Both farmers appear in a documentary about the poultry industry RAFI is producing this year, Under Contract.
A North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality study released in November 2015 recommends a 60 percent forced pooling threshold and claims the State currently has authority to force pool landowners at much lower thresholds.