Legal Pathways to Carbon-Neutral Agriculture

Michael B. Gerrard & John C. Dernbach, eds., Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States (2018 Forthcoming)

Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 47, p. 10845, 2017

32 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2017

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Peter Lehner

Earthjustice - Sustainable Food and Farming Program

Nathan Rosenberg

University of Arkansas School of Law

Date Written: October 1, 2017

Abstract

This Article examines the agricultural strategies, practices, and technologies available to increase soil carbon sequestration and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It details pathways for amending existing federal and state legal regimes and enacting new ones, and recommends improving public agricultural research, development, and extension efforts; reforming federal subsidy and conservation programs; and revising trade policy, tax policy, regulatory strategies, financing for carbon farming, grazing practices on government land, and greenhouse gas pricing. It also describes how the private and philanthropic sectors can stimulate carbon farming; strategies for reducing emissions that stem from farm inputs and that result from food processing, distribution, consumption, and waste; and the potential to encourage consumption of climate-friendly foods through national dietary guidelines, procurement at all levels of government, and private-sector initiatives such as certification schemes and healthier menu options.

Keywords: Climate, Change Change, Deep Decarbonization, Food Law & Policy, Food Systems, Agricultural Law

Suggested Citation

Lehner, Peter and Rosenberg, Nathan, Legal Pathways to Carbon-Neutral Agriculture (October 1, 2017). Michael B. Gerrard & John C. Dernbach, eds., Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States (2018 Forthcoming); Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 47, p. 10845, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3040919

Peter Lehner (Contact Author)

Earthjustice - Sustainable Food and Farming Program ( email )

CA
United States

Nathan Rosenberg

University of Arkansas School of Law ( email )

260 Waterman Hall
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

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