Organic farming and ranching practices have an important climate protection role to play by enhancing resilience to the coming climate changes, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and storing carbon in soils and woody biomass. This fact sheet summarizes the scientific literature on the climate benefits of organic farming practices.
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California agriculture is uniquely vulnerable to climate change. Rising temperatures, constrained water resources, and increased pest and disease pressure are among the climate change impacts that threaten to fundamentally challenge California agriculture in the coming years and decades. Significant investments in research, technical assistance and financial incentives will be needed to keep California agriculture viable and assist the industry in adapting to climate change. Here we provide a brief review of the anticipated impacts of climate change on California agriculture.
To protect California agriculture in the coming decades, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions must be reduced and the worst impacts of climate change must be averted. Agriculture can make significant, unique and profound contributions to meet this challenge. This fact sheet summarizes the scientific literature supporting the climate and other environmental benefits of organic and sustainable farming and ranching practices.
Farming for Success in the 21st Century
This four-part series of fact sheets provides practical information on enhancing the resilience of California farms to climate change. They were produced in partnership with the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts, California NRCS and UC Cooperative Extension.
The state of California is rolling out several new financial incentive programs to encourage the use of agricultural climate solutions that help the state meet its ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals. The state’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, derived from cap-and-trade money, supports the new and evolving programs summarized in this fact sheet.
Life Cycle Assessment
This two-part series, completed in collaboration with the Agricultural Sustainability Institute of UC Davis, describes a life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology and the findings of LCAs on five orchard crops.
(1) A Tool for Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Farm Crops
A description of how a life cycle analysis (LCA) model works, its limitations, and its applicability as a decision-making tool in agriculture. An LCA is a comprehensive tool for assessing the environmental impacts and resources used throughout the full life cycle of a system or a product, such as a food crop.
A summary of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) carried out by the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) at UC Davis for five important California orchard crops: almonds, peaches, pistachios, prunes, and walnuts. This project is one of several LCA models that ASI developed to analyze carbon and energy footprints and evaluate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of various foods.
In 2012, CalCAN played a leadership role in the passage of a bill
(SB 594 – Wolk) to create the Net Energy Metering Aggregation (NEMA) program. This new program allows renewable energy that is connected to the grid through one meter to be credited against electricity use on other meters. This fact sheet covers the basics of this new meter aggregation program and how it can benefit California growers.
This fact sheet is a primer on California’s landmark climate bill AB 32 and how it impacts farmers and ranchers. Good policy can create financial incentives for voluntarily reducing GHGs and sequestering carbon on farms and ranches. California farmers will need research, technical and financial support for adapting to climate changes and contributing to climate solutions.