It's not often thought that agriculture, and specifically food production, has a huge impact or has great potential for meaningful solutions on climate change. However, after some great documentaries and ENVR course discussions to #UnleashValues - I am convinced this is a field (no pun intended) worth diving into!
As someone who values biodiversity both intrinsically and for its functions, envisioning farming practices that can foster biodiversity and contribute to climate change targets, seems like the ultimate win-win. For example, poly-culture farms! Farms that grow multiple species of food, use livestock to their advantage, or practice integrative pest management. I think of it as the "fruit salad" of farming - a little bit of everything, for one healthy tasty outcome! However, when government subsidies target mono-culture farms, required to produce crops or livestock and reliant on pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, (genocides!), these visions feel out of reach.
In acknowledging that subsidies for integrative biodiverse farming cannot come out of thin air, what I think needs to happen is for these government subsidies to undergo a slow, transparent shift, from one farming type to another to allow the farming community the time to accept the idea, and learn the practices. To aid in getting farmers on board with evolving their practices to follow these subsidies, I think educating farmers on the human health and ecosystem resilience of poly-culture farming would be an impactful place to start! 🌿🐣