US Federal Government Examines Important Role of Farmers and Ranchers in Regenerative Agriculture

Dr. E.C. Beuck
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Today the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform is meeting to discuss the role of farmers and ranchers in regenerative agriculture practices, with the stance that they are of essential importance to address issues of climate change and increasing food production needs. Climate change is a core threat to the country’s food supply in a variety of ways, as extreme weather events, pests, and water scarcity all detrimentally impact crop yields and can turn farmland unusable by farmers. The emphasis at the
meeting of the Committee on implementing greater regenerative agriculture practices in the country, whether they be as simple as rotating crops or other steps to improve soil fertility, shows that the Federal government takes these concerns very seriously.

Beyond an examination of regenerative agriculture, Representative Ro Khanna, who is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment, will be discussing the urgent need to reform those federal policies that favor corporate agribusiness at the cost of family farmers. Indeed, only a small number of companies actually control the majority of the market for pork, beef, and grain, leaving family farmers earning only 16 cents of every dollar spent on these kinds of food.

An example of one such negative impact of current federal policy is how concentrated feeding operations that are in line with the law lead to large amounts of waste, runoff into water resources, and even higher greenhouse gas emissions than what otherwise might be the case should policies change. Until greater federal efforts and funding are implemented to support regenerative agriculture and conservation methods, which are oversubscribed too and currently underfunded, American family farms will suffer and the future of the US domestic food supply will be under threat.

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Holding a PhD in Political Science, I write about current events and on political topics related to international relations, international law, conflict both between and within states, and the interactions between technology and politics.

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