YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
Farmers eye Green New Deal with concern
By Gene Hall
Modern agriculture has never seen anything quite like the Green New Deal.
Agricultural output nearly tripled between 1948 and 2015. In that time, the amount of land and inputs has steadily declined.
Modern agriculture is more sustainable than before but not as much as it will be.
Let’s start with the obvious. This is our food supply—possibly the least desirable choice for a social experiment.
Tucked into the Green New Deal are words like “land-use planning.” These always cause farmers and ranchers discomfort. Put another way it means “we’re going to decide how you use your land and run your farm.”
On the bright side, the architects of the plan say they want to work with family farmers to reduce pollution and greenhouse gases. Agriculture is already working on it, and 98 percent of all farms are family operations.
The Green New Deal is a framework without many details. As always, that’s where the devil lives.
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