NPPC supports bill that encourages farmers to participate in carbon markets

In a press release, the NPCC outlines its support for legislation that would support a private carbon credit offset market for US farmers.
calendar icon 26 June 2020
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“US pork producers, who have been at the forefront of environmental sustainability, are committed to the long-term protection of our country’s natural resources,” said NPPC President Howard “AV” Roth, a hog farmer from Wauzeka, Wisconsin. “Thanks to continuous on-farm improvements in nutrition, genetics and overall pig care, US pork producers are doing more with less. This bipartisan effort will help give the private sector the standards and certifications needed to recognise and reward the important work being done by US hog farmers to reduce our carbon footprint. We thank the senators for their leadership and look forward to passage of this important legislation.”

According to recent Environmental Protection Agency findings, the production of US pork is responsible for only 0.3 percent of all agriculture greenhouse gas emissions in the country. Likewise, according to a 2019 study by the National Pork Board, US pork producers have used 75.9 percent less land, 25.1 percent less water and 7 percent less energy since 1960. This also has resulted in a 7.7 percent smaller carbon footprint.

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