(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Thereâs an old saying that goes, âwhen youâre up to your neck in alligators, itâs a little late to think about draining the swamp.â It could certainly apply to farmers in California right now, who are up to their neck (so to speak) in a historic drought. They are struggling and making difficult choices as to which crops they can continue to raise, as homeowners and municipalitiesÂ learn to change their habits and their landscaping.
But as we have learned about climate change, there will be many more droughts, even more severe than this one, if something isnât done to address the root cause. Which is where the new announcement from USDA comes in. Farmers contribute roughly 9% to overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissionsâthough, when it comes to methane, a gas 25 times more potent than CO2 in its effect on the atmosphereâthat number goes up to 40 per cent. This new plan is another piece of President Obamaâs effort to address the problem in a comprehensive manner, in each major area that it presents itself.
Despite what detractors say, this can be done, in this segment as in others, while improving the economic bottom line. Some level of capital investment might be required to make the transition, which is where the government incentives come in.