Fixing America’s Food Systems

We Need to Pay More Attention to How We Grow our Food

By Mary Uwadineke

7th May 2030

In much of the world, climate change is altering regional growing conditions and making them more unpredictable. For many U.S. farmers , it is becoming increasingly difficult to consistently grow enough food to meet increasing demand and they have endured major losses from worsening floods, storms and droughts. But agriculture is also part of the problem. Agriculture in America emitted an estimated 712 million metric tons of carbon-dioxide in 2029. This was roughly 12% of overall GHG emissions and an increase from the previous year.

For years the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change has warned that humans must change the way they produce food and use land to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. Yet despite the warnings and clear evidence presented, we continue to act slow in transforming how we grow and farm our food.

In 2026, the Harris administration desperately tried to pass the Fix Big Agriculture bill but was blocked by republicans in the senate. Although the White House continues attempting to rouse the bill, they continuously prove unsuccessful. In the meantime, they have settled on spending millions on farming projects.  The bill set aside billions of dollars to completely transform how Americans farm as well as carbon pricing and tax regulations for farms that failed to reduce their carbon emissions. Many farming states headed by republicans felt the bill would be too costly for millions of people of who farming is a way of life.

The feds need to invest more money and time on projects for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to use practices that curb climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions or capture and store carbon. Despite farmers being increasingly impacted by climate change, there has been little change in how they farm and grow food. Instead, evidence suggests, farmers are turning to increasingly harmful methods to ensure they meet their crop yield objectives. These methods are only exacerbating an already dire situation.

Addressing climate change has become a matter of survival, only prompting even more of a reason as to why we need to fix how we farm and grow our food.

member

Mary Uwadineke

Food System Specialist

Food systems must adapt

Leave a Reply