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What types of challenges and opportunities does Niman Ranch’s commitment to sustainability present?
With the increased awareness about where our food comes from, we have found difficulty in meeting the growing demand for our products. Our commitment to our network of traditional, humane and sustainable family farmers is reflected by our competitive pricing structure. We reward our family farmers and ranchers by paying a premium price for livestock raised according to our 14 pages of animal welfare and sustainable farming protocols. An included safety net for our farmers is an established floor price (the... read more
This report by the Forest Policy Forum, entitled "Sustaining a Forest Carbon Future," recognizes that the carbon-related benefits of managed forests and the array of products those forests produce – from lumber to paper to packaging to energy – are all essential products that are renewable, reusable and/or recyclable and support forest-based carbon benefits.
About The Forest Products Forum:
The Forest Products Forum came together as a voluntary group in January of 2013 to identify issues of consequence to the broad forest sector, and develop plans for how they might be addressed. Participants in the Forum... read more
Carbon markets and cap-and-trade programs are increasingly being used as a mechanism to mitigate climate change by reducing net greenhouse gas emissions. In the U.S., there are already two large carbon markets in play—one in California, and one in the Northeast. There will likely be an expansion of U.S. carbon markets in the coming years as the Clean Power Plan is implemented. Internationally, the European Union has the world’s largest carbon market, and the United Nations has outlined rules and guidelines for carbon trading. Agriculture has the capacity to sequester—or emit—large amounts of carbon, and will therefore be greatly impacted... read more
This report is a combined effort of the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Great Plains Institute.
In mid-summer 2015, EPA is expected to issue its final “Clean Power Plan” regulations, which aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. The final rule will require states to develop and submit state plans as early as mid-summer 2016, to achieve the federally prescribed state emissions goals. Because EPA is expected to grant states broad flexibility in choosing a compliance pathway to achieve required emissions performance at existing power plants,... read more