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The Nature Conservancy Joins Seven Other Organizations to Launch the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance

Today The Nature Conservancy joined seven other organizations in forming the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA). FACA has developed a set of policy recommendations in six areas: soil health, livestock and dairy, private forests and wood products, energy, research, and food loss and waste. The recommendations send a clear message to federal lawmakers – we must promote the tools that allow our farmers, ranchers and forest owners to be part of the solution for meeting the climate challenge.

For the first time, the food and forestry community is working together to push for climate policy action. We’re excited to be part of this collaboration.

Jennifer Morris CEO of The Nature Conservancy

“U.S. farmers, ranchers and forest owners are increasingly seeing the impacts of the climate challenge on their lands and livelihoods,” Jennifer Morris, CEO of The Nature Conservancy. “Increased flooding or fires, drought in some areas and unusually high rainfall in others – all these impacts make it harder for producers and landowners to support their families and in turn, feed all our families across the country. At the same time, we know that farms, ranches and forests can be valuable contributors to the climate solution, helping both to reduce carbon emissions and improve resilience. It’s time to lean into partnerships with American food producers and family foresters like never before. For the first time, the food and forestry community is working together to push for climate policy action. We’re excited to be part of this collaboration.”

FACA, which is a first of its kind effort between organizations representing farmers, ranchers, forest owners, the food sector, state governments and environmental advocates, has created six policy recommendations for federal lawmakers:

  • Providing voluntary, incentive-based tools for farmers, ranchers and forest owners to maximize the sequestration of carbon and the reduction of other greenhouse gas emissions, as well as increase the resilience of the land.
  • Supporting the development of and overseeing private sector markets for GHG credits.
  • Promoting public and private sector tools to incentivize farmers, ranchers and forest owners to prioritize and scale climate-smart practices.
  • Offering incentives for farmers to reduce energy consumption, increase use of on-farm renewable energy, and make continued progress toward reducing the life cycle GHG emissions of agriculture- and forestry-based renewable energy.
  • Streamlining consumer-facing packaging and implementing a public-private-partnership to reduce the GHG impact of food waste and loss within the food value chain.
  • Increasing federal investment in agriculture, forestry and food-related research substantially and continuously.

For more information about FACA, visit Agclimatealliance.com.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 79 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.