There are many sectors that produce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Agriculture itself represents 10% of it. In this article, the authors discuss how it comes from different areas such as cows belching methane or tractors burning diesel. They also state that farming is in constant exchange with the atmosphere, since raising livestock gives off methane. But there are ways to make a difference in that exchange. To fight against it, Biden’s government instored a program of carbon credits, for farmers who use techniques that reduce emissions. He also promised to bring emissions to net-zero by 2050. This solution is helpful, but farmers are not using it at its full potential, considering that they could have much more credit that they already have. The government wants the sector to use techniques such as special feeds to make cows belch less or digesters that can turn methane from manure into biofuel. Another issue with this program is how to reward farmers who already use those techniques. Some environmental groups are stressed about rewarding famers who would probably make those changes either way. Overall, they are confident that this program will work, and generations over generations of farmers will stick with those practices.
Personally, I do think that this program could encourage farmers all over the United States to make some changes in the techniques they are using. Greenhouse gas emissions are the most important cause of climate change, and if we, as a society, can reduce it in any sector, we should definitely do so. Although, I believe that rewarding farmers for something they should naturally do, is not the best optic of the situation. They should instead finance farmers who need help to pay for those changes in technologies or techniques. Overall, I do believe that this is a good priming to changes in global warming.
Dorning, M., Nicholson, M., & Almeida, I. (2021, April 20). The Carbon Market Gold Rush in American Agriculture. Retrieved April 20, 2021, from https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-20/the-carbon-market-gold-rush-in-american-agriculture