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Why the 2012 Farm Bill is a climate bill: #farmbill

Why the 2012 Farm Bill is a climate bill: #farmbill

Land that is currently being farmed doesn't capture carbon in the soil. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture Cross-posted from the Environmental Working Group . As a possible 2012 Farm Bill looms, the ag committee leaders and their industrial agriculture lobby remoras are sorting through the smoking ruins of the 2011 "Secret Farm Bill " process. They hope to come up with a unified position from which to begin deliberations on a new bill. Sadly, one thing they've all agreed to cut is 7 million acres from the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The CRP is administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and pays farmers to keep highly erodible land out of production. While many recognize that putting land into conservation programs leads to cleaner water, healthier soil, and robust wildlife habitat, few realize that CRP land also plays a major role in fighting climat...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/farm-bill/2012-01-09-the-farm-bill-i...

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