For Immediate Release
The American Sustainable Business Council Endorses the Climate Stewardship Act
The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) released the following statement endorsing the Climate Stewardship Act, which was introduced in Congress by US Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Spanberger (D-VA). The legislation proposes to significantly increase funding for United States Department of Agriculture programs that help farmers adopt conservation practices to fight climate change and by sequestering carbon in soil. The devastating impact of climate change is most poignantly impacting those who are least protected from its effects.
“Businesses leaders have been calling for the federal government to support transition of our agricultural investment towards regenerative agriculture. We applaud Senator Booker for the reintroduction of the Climate Stewardship Act as a huge step in that direction,” said David Levine, President and Co-founder, of ASBC. “The Climate Stewardship Act will not only help combat climate change but will improve incomes and resilience for farmers, improve farmworker conditions and help meet market demands, growing our economy."
The Climate Stewardship Act would support voluntary conservation of more than 100 million acres of farmland, result in the planting of billions of trees, restore over two million acres of coastal wetlands, and support investment in renewable energy for farmers and small rural businesses.
Colton Fagundes, ASBC Policy Manager, noted that, “A growing number of ag related businesses are interested in regenerative methods of agriculture as way to diversify and build more resilient supply chains while meeting increasing consumer demand for sustainably produced products. Many farmers are interested in regenerative agriculture, but the transition can be difficult without assistance. The Climate Stewardship Act will help with that transition.”
The Climate Stewardship Act will assist farmers in adopting practices that foster soil health and other regenerative practices that not only help combat climate change but improve incomes and resilience for farmers, improve farmworker conditions, and help meet increasing consumer market demands, growing our economy."
The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) partners with business organizations and companies to advocate for solutions and policies that support an equitable, sustainable, stakeholder economy. We are a multi-issue, business organization advocating on behalf of all sectors, sizes, and geographies of industry. ASBC and our association members collectively represent over 250,000 businesses across our networks.
ASBC is coalition-focused in its approach to solving the pervasive and systemic issues of climate and energy, infrastructure, circular economy, and creating an inclusive stakeholder economy, all seen through the lens of racial equity and justice. ASBC is changing the rules by which business is done so it is better for all people and the environment.
The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) advocates for policy change and informs business owners, policymakers and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, broadly prosperous, sustainable economy. Founded in 2009, its membership represents over 250,000 businesses in a wide range of industries.