Climate smart first
When it comes to the agricultural race to fight climate change and produce climate-smart products, we hear our leaders say Speaker2: We have to get there first. We need to be able to tell the world that we led this effort. Speaker1: And so Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack came to Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri the other day to announce the launch of a major agricultural venture. Stakeholder 2: Climate-Smart Product Partnerships to develop pilot projects to deploy climate-smart practices on many farms, ranches, and forestlands. Speaker1: Vilsack says the United States is now in a race against producers in other countries to provide what consumers seem to want. Speaker 2: We know that consumers and retailers here at home have an interest in buying commodities produced using climate-smart, agricultural and forestry-smart practices. We know that global markets are beginning to increasingly value climate, smart agriculture and forest products. Speaker 1: Surveys show that consumers in the United States and around the world are willing to pay more for plant and animal products that legitimately claim to be produced with environmentally and climate-friendly practices that reduce carbon emissions or remove carbon from the air. legitimate claim. So Vilsack says part of the requirements for these projects will be to answer questions like Speaker2: Are the practices working as intended? Are the benefits real? Do they have an impact? How do we know if they are having an impact? Well, we must be ready to answer these questions. We want Speaker3: To maintain public trust. We want to demonstrate that these voluntary efforts work and will reduce greenhouse gases. Speaker1: Under Secretary of Agriculture Robert Bonney. Speaker3: And we hope to integrate new technologies. And as you know, there are many that increase the accuracy of these measurements. This is a crucial question. Speaker1: Secretary Vilsack says we know that certain practices, such as planting off-season cover crops on a farm, can help reduce greenhouse gases and make soils healthier. Speaker2: But these partnerships are able to test them on a large scale, build on them and improve Speaker1: Them to pay for these demo projects. Speaker2: We are going to make a billion dollars available. Speaker1: Proponents say that this investment in climate-smart demonstration projects could later yield much more than the $1 billion investment.