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USDA Seeks Input on New Report on Climate Change and Food Security

“On Tuesday, September 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a draft of the interagency assessment report, “Climate Change, Global Food Security, and the U.S. Food System” in the Federal Register. USDA is requesting input from the public through October 8, and will publish the final report online when it becomes available. While the report itself is global in scope, its findings address the pressing issue of how climate change will affect the U.S. food system. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) continues to advocate that this critical nexus between climate change and agriculture must be addressed through farm bill conservation programs, including transition to sustainable and organic systems, as well as scientific assessments including this recently released report. The new report is a consensus-based assessment by a team of technical experts based on the peer-reviewed scientific literature. Its final publication will serve as a valuable resource to support updates to USDA conservation programs as well as new tools for climate change adaptation and mitigation…”

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