Cannabis farms around the US use carbon offsets to lower their environmental impact and claim sustainable certifications. Many criticize carbon offset programs as a band-aid solution to climate issues, as they allow broken operations and supply chains to persist through the purchase of carbon credits.
We’re taking a closer look at carbon offsets for cannabis farms to determine if carbon offset programs do more harm than good.
Farmer’s potential to reverse climate change
Farmers play a crucial role in reversing climate change as agriculture produces 9% of U.S. emissions, yet forests sequester 11-15% of annual emissions. Regenerative agriculture practices and environmentally friendly staple crops have the potential to sequester all excess carbon produced by humans by restoring the soil through proper land management.
President Joe Biden recently proposed a carbon market to pay farmers for ‘carbon farming’ as part of the Climate 21 Project.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has suggested a carbon bank that would finance the carbon credits by guaranteeing farmers a set amount of money – about $10-$30 per ton of CO2 stored in the earth.… Read the rest
How environmental policy works
- Congress enacts laws that enable federal agencies to create environmental regulations
- Under the President’s guidance, the EPA Administrator sets national standards
- State and local governments create and implement the actual policies
- State-level policies can support investment in green energy.
- Local officials set water policy to provide residents access to clean water.
Why your vote matters
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The bottom line
- If voters prioritize climate change, politicians will too.
- Though you may feel your vote doesn’t matter in elections, it does.
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