CalCAN is a coalition that advances policy solutions at the nexus of climate change and sustainable agriculture. CalCAN augments existing sustainable agriculture and environmental policy efforts by providing a coalition to address state agriculture policy from a climate protection perspective.
The California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN)
The Ecological Farming Association is a member of the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN). CalCAN is committed to being the voice for climate-friendly farming in California. Founded in response to an urgent call for ecologically-sustainable agriculture practices that reduce farming-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and prepare farmers to cope with the coming challenges of climate change, CalCAN is a coalition that advances policies to support California agriculture in the face of the climate crisis.
In California, climate change is expected to cause extreme and unpredictable weather, drier conditions, reduced water resources and increased pest and disease pressures. These potentially profound impacts on the viability of California agriculture require immediate action.
Fortunately, many of the practices developed by the ecologically-sustainable and organic farming community offer powerful strategies for reducing GHG emissions, sequestering carbon, and making agriculture more resilient to climate change by decreasing reliance on fossil fuels, conserving water and increasing soil fertility. The benefits go beyond climate protection—ecologically-sustainable agriculture also offers environmental and health benefits such as clean air and water, soil conservation, increased biodiversity, and enhanced wildlife habitat.
By reducing its carbon footprint, agriculture can play a constructive role in responding to the climate crisis. CalCAN strives to be a voice for the positive contribution agriculture can make on climate protection and adaptation. CalCAN is the only organization advocating policy solutions at the nexus of climate change and agriculture in California, serving as a bridge between agriculture and the environment and cultivating farmer leadership on the issue.
More detailed information about CalCAN can be found online at calclimateag.org, including several videos and fact sheets profiling organic farmers and their conservation practices. Click here to get to know CalCAN's current projects, and sign up for a monthly newsletter and action alerts that tell you how to influence policy. The website also provides a blog that aims to keep you updated on the latest news related to ecologically-sustainable agriculture and climate policy researches.