CalCAN is a statewide coalition that advances policy to realize the powerful climate solutions offered by sustainable and organic agriculture.
We represent a statewide network of sustainable farmers and ranchers and allied organizations, agricultural professionals, scientists, and advocates.
Why focus on policy?
We seek a fundamental shift in California’s farming system from an industrial, chemically intensive approach to one that is biologically integrated, ecologically sustainable and resilient. To achieve this widespread shift, we use the strategic lever of policy to support California farmers and ranchers in mitigating and adapting to climate change.
The California policy context—with its ambitious climate goals, policies and funding sources—provides resources to invest in agricultural management practices that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, sequester carbon and facilitate climate adaptation. However, making a transition to the most climate-friendly practices requires technical assistance, research, education and financial incentives. CalCAN develops and advances policies that put such resources in the hands of farmers and ranchers to transition to practices that leave the planet better.
How can I get involved?
At CalCAN, we know that with sufficient resources and incentives, climate-friendly agricultural practices can be widely adopted and will deliver economic, ecological, health and social benefits to rural and urban Californians alike, blazing a trail for the inclusion of agricultural climate solutions in other states and countries.