How Climate Change Policies Are Hurting America’s Farmers

FLORIDA CITY, FLORIDA - APRIL 01: An aerial view from a drone shows farm workers as they fill up bins in the back of a truck with zucchini as they harvest on the Sam Accursio & Son's Farm on April 01, 2020 in Florida City, Florida. Sergio Martinez, a harvest crew supervisor, said that the coronavirus pandemic has caused them "to have to throw crops away due to less demand for produce in stores and restaurants. The farm workers who are essential to providing food for homebound families are worried that if the restaurants stay closed and peoples changed grocery store habits continue they would be out of work with no work for the near future." (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
  • European farmers are being told that because of the aim for “net-zero emissions” of greenhouse gases and other so-called pollutants in 2050, their industry is being phased out if they can’t adapt.
  • The U.S. Congress will pass a farm bill this year, and with the Inflation Reduction Act funneling $20 billion of climate funds into agriculture, American farmers could face similar pressures.
  • Food prices rose 10% over just the past year in the U.S., and climate restrictions will only send prices higher. Egg prices were up 70%, breakfast sausage 10%, breakfast cereal and bakery products 15%, chicken 10%, and lettuce 17%.