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Sustainability Cliff; Same Old Policy; Online Food Sales

Sustainability Cliff Charlie Mitchell of the New Republic complains that U.S. agriculture’s viewpoint of how to meet sustainability goals is to not change a thing. That is perhaps because the first hurdle of sustainability is profitability. The industry paid close attention to the USDA/ERS analysis of Europe’s Farm to Fork/Green Deal strategy and saw its potential 12 percent cut in production and an eye-dropping 16 percent drop in farm income. Canada’s Natural Climate Solution effort involves farmers talking to scientists and a modest C$185 million fund. Unresolved is the global conflict over concurrently achieving climate protection and food security.  Same Old Policy Trade policy is something that hasn’t ch...

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