The United States has a renewed focus on climate change, signaled by rejoining the Paris Climate Accord. Even though the US had only officially withdrawn from the agreement since November 2020, the rejoining sends an important signal to the world. The Paris agreement is the largest international effort to fight global warming. While the United States is one of the largest producers of carbon emissions in the world, it is also a leader in overall greenhouse gas emissions reductions and in technology and climate innovation (source).
CIBO applauds the United States’ renewed focus on climate change and working toward reducing our overall carbon footprint. Regenerative agriculture practices implemented by US farmers are an important contribution to the overall climate strategy. Regenerative ag will help us reach our climate goals while simultaneously improving soil health, productivity and yield. Scaling regenerative agriculture with technology and new approaches to carbon markets makes regenerative agriculture both economically and environmentally sustainable. Growing operations become more efficient, cost is reduced as fewer inputs are required and productivity increases over time creating better ROI for growers, owners and investors.
The Paris Climate agreement provides for carbon offsets, which can come from many verified sources, including regenerative agriculture. In 2019 Australia issued the first carbon credits from regenerative ag under the Paris agreement (source). With the US once again a party to the Paris accords, the opportunity to bring US innovation, technology and focus on regenerative ag is once again open. CIBO is excited by this opportunity and applauds the move to rejoin Paris to help foster economic sustainability and create healthy, productive, and resilient land.